I spent last week away visiting family. Reconnecting with relatives I don’t see often was such a treat. Being in a small town was an unexpected added bonus; it forced me to disconnect from the constant barrage of technology.
That forced relaxation was amazing. I read a book, an actual book made of paper! (Side note: I highly recommend Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.) I had real conversations with family. I enjoyed the days with no plan and got to see some new sights I likely wouldn’t have if we created a plan. I walked more (it was a really small town!)
This was a good reminder for me to remember the important things. Time with family, time with myself, going with the flow, and getting outside. For the first time in a very long time, I headed back to work today without that feeling of dread that so often accompanies that first day back. I knew I’d have a lot to catch up on but the fact that I truly took a break left me feeling almost re-energized to jump into the workload. And I’m feeling pretty happy these days – not sure if that’s solely due to vacation or also due to being in a good place with the depression and anxiety but I’ll take it and be grateful for it.