Following Monday’s life lesson about anxiety sometimes being an asshole, let’s move along to lesson #8:
Mental health days are vital to surviving adulthood.
Whether you’re a full-time student or worker, a parent, or caregiver, it feels like you’re constantly on the go. You have meetings, appointments, a millions things weighing on your mind and if you’re lucky, there might be a meal or shower thrown in. If you have a family, added on is making sure children are taken care of or off to school, what to make for dinner, and how on earth you’re going to keep your house clean day-to-day.
If you’re an on-the-go adult, me time is very few and far in between. Which is why mental health days are a must.
Taking a mental health day for yourself allows you to just stop for once. Maybe you work a 9 to 5 job, but your kids have 8 million extracurricular activities that you have to play chauffeur to. Maybe you work 12-hour shifts (like me) and the few days you have are playing catch-up to chores and errands that have been neglected. Taking that day to slow down and do absolutely nothing not only allows you to energize and relax, but can also be used as a reflection, reminding yourself of all the things you are blessed with, rather than thinking of the tasks you run daily are a burden.
Ideas on taking a mental health day, but are not limited to are:
- Catching up on your favorite shows
- Going on a day adventure (hiking, shopping, etc.)
- Hanging out with friends you haven’t seen in a while
- Taking yourself on a “me” date – go out to dinner, movie or whatever – you’ll be surprised at how relaxing it is!
- Working on a hobby that you have put off
It doesn’t have to involve some elaborate plan to have a mental health day. If spending the day actually getting caught up on cleaning is how you relax, that’s fine too! The key is to take time for yourself. Remember – you matter just as much as your family and friends. It’s easy to forget that, and sometimes we need a gentle reminder of that.
So, find a babysitter, have your husband play taxi for the day, use that vacation day you’ve built up at work and spend the next 24 hours taking care of you.