I am an extremely busy individual.
And while I could sit here and list off the academic and professional activities that preoccupy my life, I'm instead going to focus on the draining aspects of the constant tech use that comes with the type of lifestyle I live.
Quite frankly, the amount of typing I do each day makes me wonder if it's possible to "tone" my fingers, and often feel as if they've gotten their very own cardio workout by the end of the time.
Or that the amount of blue light that hits my eyes from my technology has permanently adjusted my brain's sleep cycles that alter my natural circadian rhythm.
Or that the amount of anxiety I experience receiving, sifting through and responding to countless emails builds up to where I wish I could divorce myself from Gmail and Outlook.
The buildup of a busy life and "go-go-go!" mentality I live by gets to a point where I feel as if I have nothing productive left to invest or give.
Since the start of the 2018-2019 school year, I've yet to have a period of time where I feel as if I've taken time to decompress.
Certain obligations of mine were still in full-swing over winter break, so that month off timeline still kept me suspended in responsibility.
And honestly, I'm now exhausted.
So now that spring break has rolled around, do you know what I plan to do?
Not touch my laptop.
I have the privilege of spending my spring break with my family in Mexico, and you can bet that my laptop is not joining me on my vacation.
I don't want to feel tied down to my busy life for a few days. I want to shut my brain off. I want to read trashy beach novels and sun myself without worrying about emails piling up in my inbox or the impending academic work I have when I return.
I want to just "be."
In the past year, I've been working on cutting myself more slack and finding ways to treat myself more kindly. Me not taking my laptop with me and forcing myself to have fun and relax is one of those ways.
And it feels freeing, if not somewhat liberating, to remove myself from a daily stressor and to anticipate true relaxation.
So, bon-voyage to me, sans-laptop.