February 1, 2012
Witticism O’ the Day: He who has a tail of straw should not go near the fire (Columbian proverb)
Remember how school was actually fun when we were little and innocent? I’ve heard it a million times in the last 6 years of my life: “I wish we could just go back to preschool and take naps instead of class.” And I have to say, it’s a lovely sentiment that I tend to sympathize with. Honestly, during my 8 a.m. classes I wish there was a “napping portion” where they would turn the lights off and everyone would put their head down on their desk for 10 minutes. If only my life were as easy as Aladdin and I could whittle away the hours rubbing the side of a magic lamp to get my wishes granted.
Genies really do exist!
Okay, maybe they aren’t blue and speak with Robin Williams voice, but I think some Genie heard my excessive yawns this morning in my Psychology and Sport class and decided to give me one special wish; we practiced relaxation and anxiety reduction techniques. My professor, Dr. Butki (who is one of the most incredible professors I’ve ever had) turned off all of the lights in the classroom and had all 72 of us lie on the floor—after taking off restrictive clothing, shoes and jewelry, of course. We then spent the next 45 minutes with our eyes closed, practicing techniques such as whole body muscle relaxation, visualization (on a beach), and belly breathing. Afterwards, about 1/3 of the class admitted to have fallen asleep during the exercises. Somebody actually snored for a large portion! Needless to say, it was the most fun I’ve ever had in a college class so far.
“Naptime” increases productivity
I’m not sure if there’s any real proof behind this claim, but after the 45 minutes of relaxation in the dark I was ready to go—I had more energy, alertness, and felt more relaxed and focused during the rest of my classes. Now, I’m not saying we should require such a large chunk of time in each class to take a nap, but it sure made me feel great to take a little time for myself to relax and allow my body and mind to sharpen. Props to you, Dr. Butki, I will most definitely be using your relaxation techniques if I ever have trouble falling asleep at night.
Stay well-rested, and tune in for another post next Monday!