Try one of these Yoga Nidra which is a simple, recorded guided meditation that lulls you into a deep mental, emotional and physical state of relaxation.
Let your mind travel far, far away. Twenty minutes or so later get back into your life with a purified nervous system. You will feel focused, clear-minded and ultra-receptive.
In western Science speak: stressors (both common and extreme) flood the body and tissues with chemicals (hormones like cortisol) and scientists like those at the Mayo Clinic tell us that excessive emotion chemicals in the body are both addictive and actually deprive our cells of nutrients. Moderating emotions and flushing and reducing those chemicals through induced states of deep relaxation (other than actual sleep) can allow tissues to be better nourished.
In yoga speak: Swami Satyananda Saraswati understood that our minds are a muddy pond full of swirling sediment (lots of thoughts and sensory stimulation and stress hormones) which, we need to do Yoga (as in the sage Patanjali’s “Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind “- 500BCE) to settle, and clear it up so it becomes crystalline. The same applies to our consciousness. As our mind quietens down, the deeper layers of our self reveal themselves, allowing us greater understanding and acceptance. Deep release from mental diversion and withdrawal from the senses – called pratayahara in Sanskrit – is the key to complete mental relaxation and emotional health courtesy of the deep release of emotional knots and the purification of stress chemicals (hormones) from the tissues.
So Why not just take a nap?