Why Mental Health Days Are Important
I believe this is somewhat of a newer concept. They are something I have been hearing about more often and I absolutely love the idea. That’s why I decided to write this post about my thoughts on why mental health days are important.
For those of you that are new to the idea of mental health days, let’s talk about what they are. “Simply put, mental health days are time off work designed to give employees in all types of industries a break from the rigors and stress of their daily job.” (source: https://www.talkspace.com/blog/what-is-a-mental-health-day/)
As someone who works online full-time, I cannot stress the importance of mental health days enough. If it wasn’t for mental health days, I would probably be very burnt out by now. As I get more clients and as both my business continue to flourish, I am seeing the importance of taking mental health days more and more. Especially as someone who suffers from anxiety and clinical depression.
Here is why mental health days are important in my opinion as someone who only recently started working full-time:
Mental Health Days Recharge You
Mental health days really help recharge your mind. I’ve noticed this a lot in my experience with them. When you work full-time or even part-time it can become really exhausting not just physically but mentally too. Just like our other muscles need a break, our brain needs a break too. Taking a break can do wonders for us.
After a mental health day, you’ll notice that you feel energised and so much more enthusiastic. Plus, your brain will work so much better. I always get the best ideas for posts after taking a break!
They Prevent Burnout
Mental health days really help to prevent burnout. Burnout has become increasingly common among workers. A great way to prevent this is to take some time off to relax every now and again. We are all just human and we deserve some time off.
Studies have shown that taking some time off to relax can be incredibly beneficial. It helps you work much better compared to those that don’t take any days off.
They Improve Mental And Physical Health
Taking some time off every once in a while can really help improve your overall health. It decreases your stress and anxiety levels which is a really great thing. Because both stress and anxiety cause health issues like high blood pressure.
I have often noticed that health is very interconnected. Taking care of yourself mentally can also really help you physically. So, if you’re feeling overly stressed out, anxious or are having mental issues in general don’t be afraid to take the day off. If you had hurt yourself physically you would take time off. So do the same if you are hurting mentally.
I hope this post was informative. It’s written from my own experiences after working as a freelancer. And I know it’s easier said than done. Not all jobs have the luxury of being able to take some time off when you need it. In fact, most jobs these days are way too demanding and the pay is not worth it. That’s why I chose to start working for myself.
But I truly have hope for the future. I have hope that in the future people will be able to take time off for mental issues just as they would physical ones. There’s a long way to go, but I believe that we are going in the right direction.
If you are struggling with any mental issues, please don’t hesitate to speak to a professional if you are able to. They are trained to help you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with needing help. And if you are unable to seek professional help, I would recommend trying some natural things that can help.
What do you think? Why are mental health days important in your opinion? Let me know in the comments below because I would really love to hear your take on this topic. Or simply stop by and say hi!
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