What is a mental health day?
You may have heard the term but aren’t what it means.
A mental health day is a day off that’s specifically geared toward stress relief and burnout prevention.
Taking sick days for physical health is very common, but the practice of taking time off work to tend to your mental health is practically unheard of. You may be hesitant to use one of your precious off days on something intangible and push yourself to show up anyway.
Yet, when you’re feeling stressed and pressured, your work suffers, potentially leading to issues that can hurt your performance and co-workers. Knowing when to take a mental health day for yourself is crucial to maintaining your health and well-being, both in and outside the workplace.
Remember, your mental health is just as important to your overall well-being as your physical health. Just like after any physical illness your body needs to recover, your mind needs time to rest and recover. If you wake up and feel especially stressed, down, or anxious — at a level that impairs your functioning — it’s time to consider taking the day off.
Sometimes, you just need some time to reframe and recharge.
The difference it will make in your life will make it all worth it.
Did you take a mental health day recently? Let us know how it went in the comments below!