This past weekend was the 4th of July holiday and an extra day off that my company gave us yesterday after the stress of the past few months. It was a much needed break.
I realized, though, that a break from work isn’t all I need lately. When I’m not working I’m typically on the same computer all day and night anyway. This is a pattern I have to break.
The first step to breaking this unhealthy pattern was to mostly turn off the computer over the weekend.
The second step has been to remove all non-essential apps from my phone, including the browser, as the phone has become my crutch whenever I have nothing else to work on.
Finally, I logged out of my two main social media accounts for now. It’s not uncommon for me to log out of Twitter lately. The network is so toxic that, for the most part, I can only handle it in doses. This time, however, I also logged out of Mastodon. While it isn’t nearly as toxic as Twitter I felt it was just time I took a break on it for a while.
So far the break feels great even though it broke a streak I had become proud of, that of my daily entries on this site. I’m back at that as of today but, perhaps, I should take more breaks in general.