SELF-CARE ACT#143

nap on the grass

CATEGORY

Psychological

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TIME

30 minutes

BUDGET

Zero

Today, I want to share with you a French word: glander. In english, it would literally be translated as “acorning”.

It comes from old times, when French farmers used to take their pigs to oak forests to eat the acorns at the foot of the trees.

The pig-keepers responsible for this task were called the ‘glandeurs’, the “acorners”.

The glandeurs’ tough life was the following: they woke up in the morning, walked the pigs to the forest and sat under a tree for the whole day.

This probably explains why glandeur is today a synonym for slacker in French slang.

I intimately understand this word as “acorning” was one of my favorite activities as a college undergrad.

Without the pigs of course.

In college, I spent most of my time between field trips, trips, and laying on the grass.

Sitting under the trees, talking about our cool psychology, sociology or anthropology classes and kissing the guy who became my husband and father of His Dudeness.

I studied in a remote but absolutely gorgeous school in the Moroccan Middle Atlas Mountains, also in the middle of nowhere.

We were surrounded by lakes, rivers, mountains, oak and cedar trees, monkeys and boars.

On week-ends, my friends and I used to trade the university grass for a greener one: that of the outside.

We swam in rivers, drunk beers and grilled ground meat or lamb chops all day long, sometimes all week-ends long. Laying on the grass between activities.

When His Dudeness was born, I was a sophomore student. So he used to come with us and grew up taking naps too at the foot of trees, surrounded by worryfree college students.

Given this background of mine, I’m sure you untitle me to advise you on taking naps on the grass.

And I have only one thing to tell you about it: don’t you do it on a sunny week-day, during lunch break.

You might end up never showing back to work again!

WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?  Napping on the grass is double self-care for me: it reminds me of my college years, plus it is deliciously pleasant.

MORE ABOUT THIS

I want to take you back to self-care act # 133 (walk barefoot) which will give you many reasons to connect with the earth, and lists the benefits of sleeping on the grass.

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