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To Nap or Not to Nap – De-stress From Life

Time to de-stress from the old life:

To Nap or Not to Nap? – That is the question of the day.

We arrived on the island last week and are slowly getting settled but we find ourselves every day totally exhausted by mid-afternoon. You may think that I’m kidding but truly, we are.

I’ve noticed that I simply don’t want to do anything by about 2PM; I am tired and cranky and have no energy – so I started taking naps. If you knew me, you’d know that it’s very unusual for me to take naps; I’m normally a person that is constantly “go-go-go” and sleeping during the daylight hours is nearly impossible for me.


So, what the heck is going on? Well, here is what I think:

My body needs to de-stress and detox from the craziness of the last year and especially of the last month on the mainland. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, checkout my post on the last swift kick in the arse we received before moving.

In general, I think that Americans in the States tend to have very stressed lives – I know we did. Work in particular was absolutely crazy and full of stress. From difficult upper management to downsizing, to lack of job security, to daily dealing with constantly unhappy people.

All of this really takes a toll. I remember getting home after work daily and being completely drained of energy and feeling like I could not deal with another person – that type of stress has to take a toll on the body and mind.


To add insult to injury, in the winter months, in Michigan, we would get up and go to work while it was dark outside and come home after work when it was dark again. We didn’t really see daylight during the work week, except on our rushed lunch hours – that’s just plain depressing.

In Puerto Rico, life is different. It is much slower-paced and the island is totally a beach society. Locals here love their beaches and every weekend, a lot of them pack up family and friends and head to the beach. They seem to enjoy life and are generally happy (at least that’s how it looks from the outside). We see people on our beach all the time that simply pull up on the side of the road to watch the sun rise in the morning before work – I love that!

De-stress from life on the beach

So, we are adjusting to the same thing: slowing down and relaxing more and breathing deeper. It’s in the air here – I can’t even quite put words to it but the minute we walked out of the airport and breathed in the air, something happened. The warmth, the salt air, the breeze, and the friendly people just set in instantly and our attitudes changed.

For us, this was particularly significant because we were walking out on an old life and starting a new one here.

On one hand we want to dive right into work to become instant successes; on the other hand we know we need to detox from our previous lives. So, we have decided to take the next month or two off and really just relax.

We are giving ourselves permission to take the time to de-stress, detox our brains and bodies, slow down, and take naps – if we want to. I mean with the amazing beauty around us, it really is time to “stop and smell the roses” – or more accurately “stop and smell the ocean”. This the “Isla Del Encanto” – The Enchanted Island – after all.

There will always be time for work later.

So, for today, the question for me is: to nap or not to nap…?


We shall see…

Coming soon: posts on shipping a car to Puerto Rico and obtaining licence pates and tags.

You may also like our posts How VPN Saves Money on Travel and Leatherback Turtles in Puerto Rico.




About Joanna

is a Polish American living in Arizona with her husband Tim. She is a founding partner of JTR Tech and she is proud to be a professional geek. She had dreamt of living abroad for many years. So, she and Tim created AbroadDreams.com to document the process of making their dream of moving abroad come true. They spent 2 years in Puerto Rico and several months in Spain and Poland. Now they are exploring the American Southwest.

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  1. Joanna,

    Thank you for creating the Blog, is extremely helpful. My husband and I have been thinking about moving to Puerto Rico live in Virginia has become extremely stressful. I have a full time job and I’m also starting on my photography business and he works full time, we have 4 kids 2 of them are in college one in high school and we have a little one in kindergarten. so definitely life is hectic. I so appreciate your post with all the details and information it is hard to find such helpful information. I would love to continue reading more of your post and I’m really happy that you’re living in an island where you’re happy.


    • Hi Jaydee,
      I’m glad you like the blog. We experienced exactly what you’re talking about: not enough detailed info on Puerto Rico, so we decided that we’ll provide it to others. We are working on a new site that will be dedicated to just living in Puerto Rico. So, stay tuned for more…

  2. Hi Joanna,
    Sounds great so far! Beautiful pictures! Glad to hear you are both ‘resting up’ and ‘smelling the ocean’ before you begin the serious business of work! I guess you will have to update your bio … 🙂 ha!

    Best regards,