Daylight Saving Time may have left you feeling groggy – it certainly did me. I called out “Good night!” as I dropped my daughter off to school and accidentally blew a kiss to my son’s preschool teacher that morning. With the lost hour of sleep, you may be feeling a little loopy and like you just don’t have time for a catch-up rest.
Oh, but you do! You always do.
I mean, you may not be able to get in bed and spend the afternoon dozing with a stack of magazines, but you can get some profound revitalization in just a few minutes. Below are 22 quick ways to get some of the rest you’re craving. Try one them the next time you catch yourself yawning or calling out inanities because your brain is just too tired to function properly. Do any of them for at least one minute and as long as feels good for an instant pick-me-up.
- Lie on the floor – arms and legs outstretched – in corpse pose
- Lie on the floor on your back with your butt close to a wall and your legs resting on the wall, both legs straight up
- Lie on the floor on your back with your butt close to a wall and your legs resting on the wall and opened in to a wide V
- Lie on the floor with your calves resting on the coffee table
- Lie on the floor with knees bent, soles of the feet flat on the floor about six inches away from your butt, and a short stack of magazines under your head so that the forehead is slightly higher than the chin
- Lie on the floor on your stomach, resting your forehead on your forearms and breathing deeply so that you feel your low abdomen press into the floor with each inhale
- Lie on the floor with a couch cushion or yoga bolster under your shoulder blades and head, to open the chest and facilitate deeper breathing
- Lie on the floor with a rolled up towel or yoga mat running perpendicular to your spine at the height of your bra strap, which also opens the chest and deepens the breath
- Do child’s pose with arms outstretched to really open up the back and shoulders
- Do child’s pose with arms resting alongside you to give you the comforting feeling of curling in to yourself
- Stack your forearms on the edge of your desk, scoot your chair back until your spine is fully extended and then rest your forehead on your arms
- Place your elbows on your desk and rest the weight of your head in your hands–press your thumbs in to your temples or on either side of the bridge of your nose to give yourself a micro massage
- Sit way back in your chair so your back is supported, rest your hands on your belly, and breathe so that you feel your belly inflate beneath your hands
- Sit on the edge of your chair, open your knees wide and fold forward, letting your torso, head and arms dangle toward the floor
- Book a conference room for 10 minutes, then sneak in one of the lying-on-the-floor poses in the “At Home” section above
Out and about
- Get a 5 minute chair massage at a nail salon
- Stop in at a fancy hotel and rest on one of their comfy couches
- Visit a children’s store and take a breather in the breastfeeding room
- At the mall, go to the nicest department store and chill out in the sitting area of their women’s lounge
- At a museum, find the least populated gallery and lie down for a few minutes on the couch in the middle of the room
- Keep a blanket in the back of your car so you can hit a park for a little lie-down on the grass
- Sit down in the middle of a walk or run and do a simple listening meditation before walking or running home.