By Shawal Ras
Lack of motivation? Anxious? Irritated?
Everyone has to deal with some levels of stress. When you feel like you have reached your limit that could potentially cause issues that can hurt your performance and your co-workers, it might be time to take a quick break to reset and refocus.
Knowing when to take a mental health or personal day for yourself is crucial to maintaining your overall health and well-being, both in and outside the workplace. Of course, a one-off day won’t solve any underlying problems that may lead to burnout, but it can provide a much-needed break for you to come back with better levels of energy and a fresh, less-stressed perspective.
What are the Benefits?
When we take a break from the stress and let our minds breathe and recharge, it can do wonders. Studies show that taking a break can actually help productivity and creativity therefore, coming back to work you’ll be more focused and better off. From another point of view, you’re actually helping your company by taking the day off.
Taking a mental health day can help you in many ways such as de-stressing, giving you time to relax and rest, a chance to understand your emotions, reset your perspective, and maybe even the opportunity to step back and reevaluate your goals in life. When you are overwhelmed and stressed out, you tend to not see things clearly and by taking a break you will be focused and be able to get back on track.
What to Do?
Everyone’s got their own ways of embracing self-care and coping with their mental health. It’s important for your mental well-being and can provide a valuable reset that will leave you more positive and productive going forward.
Some people choose to spend more time in bed, or binge on reality TV, and some people go for a run in the park. Whatever your chosen activity, try to make it a balance of everything. Bear in mind that you’re taking a day off to rest, not to trouble your mind.
These are just some points to consider. If you are able to, it may be worth throwing in some exercise classes, a spa treatment, or other holistic therapies to help you feel restored and re-energised.
Sometimes maintaining a balance can be messy, but it is important to do so. Always look for ways to keep your stress levels low so you don’t wake up one morning and already feel super exhausted. Jam out to your favourite tunes while commuting to the office, wear your favourite work outfit, or find something to enjoy while you’re doing your work. Always strive to make your mental health a priority, every single day.