Lately, I have gotten into the habit of putting my phone on airplane mode at least an hour once a day. I don’t want to be completely unplugged because I do some of my best writing on airplane mode. I also like to still play my silly word games when I am on a break from writing or painting. Whatever I choose to do in that hour is not internet related. I am not Diane Sawyer. I am not bringing hard, hitting news. Even at the pace I work I still need a break. The first week I became Social Media Editor at the paper, I always had my laptop open and ready to go when I was awake. I cannot keep up that pace but still want to do a good job. Airplane mode is not just necessary, but I also look forward to it. When I first started, I would have to make myself stop what I was doing and go into airplane mode. I have an alarm that I set the night before. I set the time based on what I am supposed to be doing at that time. When I know I will need a break I set that alarm for that time. So, the alarm might go off at any time during the day. Now I catch myself watching the clock for my airplane mode time. I set the timer on my phone and go into airplane mode. When the hour is up, I go back to what I was doing. Just like I must make myself stop working, I also have to make myself get back to work. Some days I choose to take more than one airplane mode break. Either by schedule or by the force of Lupus, I will take more numerous breaks. I have to say that I get a lot written during my breaks I concentrate solely on painting. Its just an hour to defrazzle. An hour to do exactly whatever it is that I want to do! Self-care is part of my Lupus plan of action. I love the saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” It is so very true. Always love thy neighbor but remember to love yourself too!