I will be out of the office on June 25 and not returning until July 9.
In other words, I'm taking a vacation. As much as I love my work, I need to do other things. Taking breaks is one of the ways I have of taking care of myself.
Americans are notorious for not using up all of their vacation time. Compared to other countries, we work too much. I say, step away. Play with your kids. Take a walk on the beach. Read a book, or maybe two. Travel — open yourself up to new experiences. Sleep in. Do something creative that involves your hands. Take a long drive with someone you love, or talk late into the night about your dreams (remember those?)
I know, I know, everybody talks about embracing the grind, and work harder, and working on your "side hustle." But if you let yourself come to a full stop, if only for a little while, it just might make the grind a little easier. Worth a try, don't you think?