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!

Drinking hot beverages during the winter is a great way to beat the chill, but did you know it could also help to keep you healthy?

Of course, not every hot drink has health benefits, but some of your favorite drinks could help you fight off a seasonal cold. The next time you head to your kitchen to brew up something warm and comforting, consider the following ideas about warm beverages.

The Benefits of Hot Water

First, let’s start with the basics. Drinking plenty of water each day is a great way to maintain your health. It keeps you hydrated and aids in nearly every function of your body.

 Coffee and Cocoa

Thankfully, you won’t have to give up the delicious flavors of coffee or chocolate in your pursuit of health. Coffee has several recognized health benefits, such as aiding in the prevention of liver disease. Cocoa has a high number of antioxidants, can reduce the risk of heart disease and the signs of skin aging.

This winter is your chance to up your hot drink game! ☕️

What’s YOUR favorite winter drink?

Let us know in the comments.

At United Refuah, we see it as our goal to keep our members informed of health advances and trends. But before jumping on any trend bandwagons, make sure to look into it and make sure it will have real health benefits for you and your lifestyle.

Here are a few health trends that are expected to rise in 2020:

  1. Plant-Based Products

Plant-based foods were big in 2019, but 2020 is predicted to be even bigger in terms of products available and sales.

  1. Brain Food

We know that what we eat impacts our physical health, but the idea that food can affect mental health as well is relatively new. However, as research reveals more about gut health, it’s clear that there is a definite connection between the food we eat and our mental state.

  1. Standing vs. Sitting

People will focus on trying to move more throughout the day. Not working out, not even going for a walk, but just taking time throughout the day to stand up from a chair and move around for a few minutes. Research shows that our bodies just aren’t designed to be in one place for hours at a time.

  1. At-Home Workouts

The number of people working out at home with virtual training programs is expected to rise significantly in 2020.

  1. Running

Running’s popularity has ebbed in recent years, but it’s expected to make a comeback in 2020. So break out the sneakers and running gear!

Have any more health trends that you think will rise in 2020? Share it with us in the comments below!