In this day and time, the primary method of communication revolves around social media and technology. Phones, pagers, computers and tablets have overtaken the “snail mail” of a bygone era. No matter what remote corner of the planet you inhabit, you have the ability to stay connected with your loved ones and personal interests. In our careers, we have come to realize that multitasking, especially through web-related technology, is the most productive usage of our time, as well as the most practical. But is our only goal in life to be the master of productivity?
I dream of those few days that I am able to escape the stress of emails, messages and social networking and enjoy the activities I love the most. I cherish these escapes—whether it is taking a hike through the closest state park, enjoying a delightful meal from a variety of ethnic restaurants, or reading a book with no relation to medicine.
Lectures upon lectures have been devoted to discussing stress in medical school. It sometimes feels as if the “powers above” are intentionally trying to stress you out with reminders of what your education can do to your mental, emotional and physical health. But how much of this stress can be attributed to our obsessions—pictures, statuses, emails and texts—with technology?
Perhaps taking a break from such activities can lead to self-realization and relaxation. Certainly, it would lead to no responsibilities, no liabilities and definitely no interruptions. How could you say no to such bliss? It is important to look through all the Apples, Androids, and PCs and see your life on the other side. Enjoying a night of trying out new recipes or exploring antique stores might be the best medicine we can prescribe ourselves. Truly, taking the pressure off and eliminating the need to be prepared or alert at all times can help us reflect and grow into the people we really want to be.