Mental health can be easily overlooked in today’s world. With so many obligations, responsibilities, and tasks to do, it can feel like mental health takes a back seat. The truth is, a mental health day is just as important as recuperating when you’re physically sick. When life gets overwhelming — take care of yourself.
It Is Preventative Medicine
When you are stressed, anxious, and overall mentally depleted, it can actually impact your physical health as well. In fact, many people believe that stress allows disease and ailments to thrive. By taking space for yourself you are doing an act of self-care. Even if it feels lazy or self-indulgent, remind yourself that it is necessary to stay healthy and alert.
You Can Actually Do Better
Taking a mental health day can actually make you a better employee or parent. It allows you to remove yourself and check in with what exactly you need in order to be your best. Even Forbes suggests that mental health days are beneficial for the workplace on an individual and community scale. Allowing this time for yourself isn’t just good for you — it’s good for everyone.
You Will Learn How to Take Care of Yourself
By taking space for yourself, you are able to become aware of the specific ways you need to care for yourself. Sometimes it is rest, nutrition, completing lingering projects you needed to get done — whatever it is, tune in and reflect on what is going to make you feel the best. Self-care comes in many forms and is unique to you. What does your self-care look like?
It Will Keep You Grounded
It can be hard to stay grounded when you have so much to do. Activities can pile up and you can easily be distracted and fixate on the future rather than be present in the moment. This is an opportunity to be in the moment, to take things nice and slow, and to really drop in to your life.
It Allows You To Check Your Perspective
By taking a step back, you are able to achieve a new and fresh perspective that you may not have received if you hadn’t. When you take a step back form something and readdress it, suddenly parts of the puzzle become more clear and you are able to think of a new approach.
Although World Mental Health Day was on October 10th, mental health awareness should be acknowledged and practiced every single day. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 17% of the U.S. population is functioning at optimal mental health. Make a conscious effort to support yourself in others to thrive at their best.