Self-Care: Rest

May 5, 2017

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  • Great article. I am sending this to everyone I know. xo

  • I make no bones about it. I’m not ashamed….NAPS! Nothing like crawling under a quilt in the middle of the day for a few minutes of rest. Nothing like a 2 hour nap, but that 20-30 minutes of bliss.

  • I took a nap yesterday! And boy oh boy did I have to fight not to feel guilty about it. You make such good points–points I can hug to my favorite pillow–in this post. Thanks, Max.

  • Good rest is both critical and elusive in my life these days. I have been on the Quest For The Perfect Or At Least Adequate Pillow for some months now. As a result, my dog now has an entire collection of pillows, and I am planning to make a pillow from scratch. (Not with scratch, obviously. That would be painful.) Wish me luck!

    • I find if you combine inadequate pillows with worn-out old flattened pillows, you can get a decent approximation of an adequate pillow.

      • I wonder if she’ll give some of them back!

  • As a former martyr, above-average voluptuary myself (props for that delicious turn of phrase), I appreciate this so much! I’m much more able to help others with my oxygen mask in place.

    • I think our next mug has to say “ABOVE-AVERAGE VOLUPTUARY” on it. #GOALZ

      • I for one will buy by the dozen.

  • I look a lot like that Venus in the illustration, except my belly is bigger, having just undergone major (and unexpected) abdominal surgery followed by a serious cancer diagnosis. I plan to have a LOT of rest in my future! Now if I could just get my knitting mojo back — I have many productive hours ahead of me.

    • Judy! I wish you luck and speedy healing.

  • To anyone who has experienced, or has a family member who has experienced depression, has bipolar disorder or anyone with mental health issues, it rings major alarms to see someone make a claim that sleep deprivation can “cause” it – and as you say “make us lose our minds”. First, people with mental health conditions have not “lost their minds”. No mental health professional would ever use such cavalier language when it comes to issues around any particular mental state, whether it be calm, manic, depressive or even psychotic. This language perpetuates the dangerous stigma and fear around mental health. We know that Bipolar Disorder is widely considered to be an inherited condition with various triggers – but none has specifically to do with how much sleep one is getting. Furthermore, sleep disorders are more common in those who have acute mental health issues, and can often accompany episodes of mania or depression. Often times, insomnia is one of the warning signs for a manic episode.

    Max, I urge you the reconsider your phrasing. It is simply wrong, and it is hurtful. For anyone wanting to learn more about mental health issues like Bipolar Disorder, you can go to the National Alliance on Mental Health’s website and learn about evidence-based research on causes, signs and symptoms, and treatments for a variety of mental health disorders.

    • Narangkar, thank you. That is maybe the kindest “rethink your position” comment I’ve ever seen. I shall do that. Peace.

      • Thank you so much. Love, N

    • I went back to reread the original post. I appreciate that Max very carefully worded her take on sleep deprivation and its effects. I have a family member who has bipolar disorder and narcolepsy. I do not take issue with her statement that sleep deprivation is linked to some mental health issues. I have seen first hand how it exacerbates them. She did not say that sleep deprivation caused them.

  • lovely post!