I just got back from a family vacation which had very spotty wifi. I had to put away my phone, computer, and other technology for eight days. I could get the occasional text or email, but, overall, I had to let go of that part of my world. It caused a little anxiety at first, but once I got used to it, I found myself spending hours reading, playing with my children on the beach, and winning money playing Left, Right, or Center.
Facebook posts and Instagram notifications suddenly didn’t seem as important as spending time with my children or reading on the beach with a good book. My life had become insanely crazy in recent weeks, and it was so relaxing to finally have a clear schedule and time to spare. I didn’t work out (as evidenced by my 10 pound vacation weight gain), I didn’t write except in my own head, and I didn’t get caught up in the daily grind. My life, for one week, could be completely refocused.
It’s hard coming back from that calm, stress-free environment to suddenly having to do laundry, run carpools, have dinner ready, make sure kids are where they need to be, and getting back to reality. The anxiety triggers start up again. And instead of decompressing, you feel life compressing you as its daily requirements start weighing you down.
I hope everyone gets a vacation this summer like the one I just had. Calming, relaxing, in a place you love and away from all the craziness of your daily life. A time to unplug from the world and do the things you love, even it is only temporary.
My vacation in pictures: