Dr. Kathleen Perry:
Hi, It’s Dr. Perry. So today I’m going to do something different. Instead of providing YOU with the tip, I want to ask you to provide ME with some tips. So, I am a self-confessed workaholic. And with all the technology available, I am able to do a lot of my work from home. When I finish a shift at the clinic, quite often I come home, and I have a beautiful home office, but I find myself doing my charts and I can access my schedule online so if a patient contacts me and needs to make a change I’m Johnny-on-the-spot right there and seem to almost be plugged in 24/7. So today happens to be the 4th of July. I gave myself 6 days off, starting on July 1st. My husband and I decided that we’re going to stay home and enjoy our beautiful home and create a staycation. Well, this is not my first attempt at a staycation, and it’s not going so well. I haven’t been in the clinic, but I have not unplugged, I have not really done much of anything that feels different than just a typical day off… which usually entails work. So, here’s what I am promising to you, and I hope that some of you will hold me accountable. I am going to give my tablet, my laptop and my iPhone to my husband and have him hide them for the next 36 hours. I’m already feeling panicky about it. But I’m making that commitment to myself, and I’m letting you know about it, so that hopefully some of you can check with me and see how it went. In the meantime, or at a future date, I would love tips on how to enjoy a staycation and how to completely unplug and step away from work without having to travel out of the country, which is what I used to think I really had to do, or probably the last time where I entirely unplugged was when I was traveling somewhere and I didn’t have an internet connection or cell phone service. I’d like to do that again in the future as well. But PLEASE, today, I’m asking you to provide me with your best tips on how to unplug. I hope all of you are doing that regularly because it is important and it’s good for us.