September 07, 2022

How to Properly Take a Mental Health Day

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Whether you’ve said it or a friend or co-worker said it, you’ve probably heard the following statement: “I need a mental health day.”

But how can you make sure that this day is spent refilling your tank and not unknowingly continuing to drain it?

  1. Sleep In!

Not getting enough sleep regularly is one of the top reasons that we feel burnt out. While you do need to make sure you’re getting a consistent 7-9 hours of sleep each night, you can get things started on a new routine by not setting your alarm.

  1. Don’t Create a To-Do List

While this can work for some to work out their mental energies, it’s not suggested that you create a to-do list to accomplish. This is a rest day, and if you don’t accomplish what you set out to do, you will feel like the day wasn’t a successful one.

  1. Treat It Like a Sick Day

When you’re physically ill, you tend to stay in bed, read, watch TV, and generally be unproductive. This can also be a great way to spend a mental health day.

  1. Do Something You Enjoy

Conversely, if you feel better when you’re out and about, do something out of the house that you love. And this can also be a great time to enjoy a cheat meal or savory snack—this is your day, after all!

  1. Socialize

Schedule a lunch or dinner with a friend you don’t get to see that often due to your busy lives. Being with those we enjoy spending time with can be a great way to recharge our mental health.

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