Mental Health Awareness Week: Day 1

Taking a Mental Health Day

Everyone suffers from stress, anxiety and tiredness which lead to many mental health ups and down. Asking for a day off when it comes to our physical health is seen as the norm, however asking for a mental health day off is still something people hesitate to do.

Mental health is something we are expected to 'get over' however it is just as important as physical health, work, life, relationships as without mental wellness, none of these things work without the other.

It is so important to know when and how to ask for a mental health day off and this can play a crucial role in maintaining emotional well-being and avoiding burnout.

Taking a mental health day off should be a day when you try your very best to destress, rest, regain mental strength and take care of yourself.

When is the right time to take a Mental Health Day

A good indicator to show you need to take a break and commit to self-care is when you feel overwhelmed. You may feel agitated, and very sensitive or perhaps find it difficult to concentrate on anything that matters to you.

When you find it difficult to participate in normal everyday events, this is a sign you are burnout and could use a break.

How to Use a Mental Health Day

How you spend your day off is the most important part of the process. The most important thing you can do is think about the root cause of your stress and anxiety. Some of the usual examples are; pressure of deadlines, long working hours, screens and information overload, tension in your life, disconnected from yourself and your relationships. Once you understand the root cause, you can focus on ways to combat reaching this stage again.

Connecting with people is one of the best ways to take a day off by spending time with people you love. If the cause of burnout is loneliness, you can centre your mental health day around spending time with family/friends. There are many ways to spend meaningful times with people dear to you; nature days with friends, board games, picnic, visit a different city, or movie night in your favorite pyjamas.

Your mental health day can also be about relaxing. Some examples of this are; stay at home with some of your self-care rituals and enjoy the art of physically and mentally doing nothing, attend a yoga class, go swimming, go for a walk, or go to a spa.

If you feel like your missing out on having a good time, use your mental health day to have some fun. Pick activities that inspire you to feel relaxed, carefree and light-hearted. This can include; bike riding, dancing, playing an instrument, painting, sculpting, going for coffee.

One final thing to remember

Self-care is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation. Taking care of yourself and asking for a mental health day off when you need is part of achieving peace of mind, living a happy, peaceful life and creating a positive change in yourself.

Always remember, to be kind!

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