PostHeaderIcon What I Learned From My Toddler: Don’t Fight Your Body’s Need For Rest

By Terez Howard

“Mama, I want to wake up.”

That’s the little whisper I hear through the baby monitor while I work on my laptop in the basement. So I trudge upstairs to find an exhausted 2-year-old apparently fighting sleep for absolutely no reason. She had a filling lunch. We read a story together before her nap. She has her treasured green blanket. We don’t have any plans for later.

What’s the deal?

Take a break

Do you ever find yourself going and going, working on this marketing strategy and learning that computer software, while your body is telling you it needs a break? Do you ignore it?

I ignore my body’s feelings of exhaustion all of the time. My husband frequently tells me to slow down and take a break. I have a million reasons why that’s not possible. My No. 1 is: If I take a break, I won’t have time to do a necessary task.

The truth is I’ll work in my necessities no matter what. I fill my days to the brim with business, family and spiritual pursuits. But I, like everyone else, work more efficiently when I’m rested. I need to take my own advice and relax a bit.

A toddler without a nap makes for a cranky toddler

Enough said.

Not only is she a pain to deal with, I also become cranky from putting up with her bad attitude. That means the world around you gets on edge when you don’t take breaks. You’re crabby, and your spirit is a contagious virus.

There’s no real reason a toddler needs to be awake and going all day long. My daughter must think she’s missing something if she naps when the only thing she’s missing is refreshing sleep. You, too, won’t miss a thing if you take a break.

How to take a break

  1. Find a quiet, comfortable place outside of your home office. You can jump in the bed or hop on a cozy chair.
  2. If needed, set an alarm for 10 to 30 minutes.
  3. Play soft, peaceful background music if you’d like.
  4. Close your eyes.
  5. Meditate on non-business related thoughts. Think about family, an upcoming vacation or something else calming.
  6. Allow yourself to sleep.
  7. Get up after your alarm sounds, or rise when you’re ready to start back to work.

My toddler teaches

When she doesn’t nap, my daughter rolls around on the floor and spouts off meaningless phrases as if she has a mental disorder. Your productivity will be affected for the worst if you don’t listen to your body’s cries for rest.

So take a minute to pencil in a break. Make rest part of your daily schedule, and you’ll find yourself more industrious and more relaxed throughout your work day.

About the author 

Terez Howard operates TheWriteBloggers, a professional blogging service which builds clients’ authority status and net visibility.

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4 Responses to “What I Learned From My Toddler: Don’t Fight Your Body’s Need For Rest”

  • Great article Terez. Study after study show the statistics on women not getting enough sleep. So many women commit their lives to taking caring of others and ignore their own needs. We can bring more to other people’s lives when we take care of ourselves first and take those much-needed breaks.

  • thoward says:

    Well said, Natalie. We do derive great happiness from helping others. But when we neglect ourselves, it makes caring for others feel like more of a chore than a joy.

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