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Hey DevRel fam. I took a few days off this past week and while we didn't actually "do" anything in the sense of a traditional vacation, it was an incredible opportunity to simply push pause on everything.

I recognize that this is an incredible privilege -- both my partner and I still have jobs and the ability to take that time off; we have the ability to shelter-in-place and leave only for groceries or fresh air; we're both healthy and relatively unimpacted by the chaos around us.

But the low-level stress and anxiety of the world around us still pushes in and impacts our day-to-day lives. I've noticed a pattern of folks in tech canceling vacations and saving up our vacation time for whenever things return to "normal," but I'd encourage you to take a day or two to simply disconnect and decompress. Our mental and emotional health is just as important as our physical health and we need to be taking the necessary steps to maintain that health so we can continue to take care of ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Hang in there, friends, and as always, let me know if there's anything I can do to help.

Mary (@mary_grace)
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