September 07, 2022
How to Properly Take a Mental Health Day
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.