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!
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.