Midweek Mental Greening
One of my writing buddies took off for Cancun earlier this week, but the morning before she left she announced she was leaving her laptop at home.
I nearly choked on my coffee.
This might not sound like too big of a deal to some of you, but for folks who work from home in any field the thought of disconnecting – of leaving behind a laptop or any other gadget for communication and work – can be scary.
What if you find some free time to work on a project? What if the deadline changes and your client needs to let you know?
Of course, the fear branches out to anyone who regularly uses the Internet to keep in touch with friends and stay up to date on current events.
How will anyone get in touch with you? Do you really have the willpower to wait until you get home to update your Facebook with pictures of your kid’s sandcastles or the awesome view from your balcony?
HOW WILL YOU TWEET ABOUT THAT WEIRD LOCAL DISH YOU HAD FOR DINNER?!
Yet, disconnecting doesn’t have to be scary; really, it should be exciting. If you’re planning a vacation soon and torn about whether you can really disconnect, remember that…
…vacations are for resting. The point of any vacation is to take a break from everyday life and have some fun. Whether that comes from spending a week lounging on the beach or touring a national park is up to you, but whatever it is, it needs to send you home feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world again, right? Right. It’s hard to recharge if you spend your vacation doing exactly what you do when you’re not on vacation.
…sometimes, no news really is good news. The world’s a big place and there’s a lot of important stuff going on at any given time. Really, we’re fortunate to have the Internet. However, unless the important stuff is related to immediate danger, it’s not crucial. Are you really missing out if, during the week of your vacation, you fail to keep up with the declining housing market? The rising unemployment rate? No. If anything, you’re cutting back on stress when you take a break from the news. And, if it’s serious news, there will undoubtedly be a slue of televisions, newspapers, and panicky people around to let you know.
…chances are, you won’t really be cut off from the rest of the world. Your hotel room will undoubtedly have a phone and you’ll probably take your cell phone, so if there’s an emergency, people will be able to contact you. Plus, you’re going to be surrounded by people who get paid to assist tourists. Need a good restaurant recommendation? Directions to the amusement park? Ask your hotel clerk, cab driver, or that other family lounging five feet from you on the beach.
If you’ve already taken a vacation this summer, did you disconnect? How did it go?
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Sparks, A. (2009). Going On Vacation? Disconnect and Spend More Time Relaxing. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/07/08/going-on-vacation-disconnect-and-spend-more-time-relaxing/