The honey-heavy dew of slumber

The honey-heavy dew of slumber

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12 minutes. That was all it took. 12 minutes for my mind to start fizzing with creativity and enthusiasm, replacing the previous dull hum of partial attention. 12 minutes of rest. 12 minutes of the honey-heavy dew of slumber. (Thanks to Shakespeare for that one.)

I'd crammed a million and one things into my day, but the one thing I needed to do was write this blog. That Monday morning deadline wouldn't go away. And then, 12 minutes later, I was fresh and ready to go.

How restful is your life? How well do you sleep at night, and how often do you get a few moments rest during the day? How often do you enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber? And how could 12 minutes make all the difference?

Slumber is defined as either a) sleep, or b) a state of inactivity. And I reckon being good at both is one of the keys to leading a fulfilled life. With the high-octane existence that most of us lead, these states of calm become more and more important.

Here's three ways you can get better at slumbering.

  1. Leonardo Da Vinci said… “A well-spent day brings happy sleep.”  But when it’s three o’clock in the morning, and you’re lying awake thinking about your shopping list, or work, or how frustrating it is that you can’t sleep, it doesn’t matter how “well-spent” your day was, you’re not going to go back to sleep without solid, trusted techniques and assistance. Download a sleep program from iTunes and take it a bit more seriously. And think about your cutting your caffeine intake after midday. Caffeine and honey-heavy slumber don't really go together.
  2. Switch off every once in a while - click here for my easy 1-minute Switch Off technique.
  3. Put more emphasis on short periods of slumber during the day. Short relaxation programs are the way forward in the middle of the day.  A great place to start with the relaxation programs is the Confidence Retreat or the Motivation Retreat at The Success Sanctuary. They're both 12 minutes long.

As I said, I did a million and one things today. But as soon as I took those 12 minutes out, the dull hum quietened and the fresh, clear head returned.

Our minds need downtime to cope with all the uptime, so have a great week, and see if you can enjoy a bit more of that honey-heavy dew of slumber.

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