It's time to unplug.
Yep, by the time you read this I will be out in this big world of ours, without access to email or work calls. I haven't taken more than one day off since the beginning of the year, and before summer completely disappears and Jack Frost starts nipping at my nose, I need some downtime.
So I'm unplugging. For five whole glorious days in a row. I've given all of my editors at head's up that I will only be available in DIRE emergencies, I'm turning on an auto-reply on my email, and I'm turning my work line to voicemail.
I need to not think. I need to not write. I need to totally detach from work, even if it's just for a few days. Everyone needs to decompress. Every single person needs to take a break from the daily grind to gain a little perspective on what's really important. They say it time and time again: stress is a killer. And this is precisely why we need to learn how to escape it, even if it's just for a little while.
So feel free to leave a comment here about how you unplug, what you think about unplugging, or the like. Just remember: I'm unplugged so I'll reply upon my return!
Jennifer Cox is a regular Suburban columnist and blogger, and writes for daily newspapers as well as national magazines. She's a social media guru, a Suzy Homemaker wannabe, and the mother of a 6-year-old son.