Hey, everyone! I know today’s Tuesday, not Monday, but I was actually taking my own mental health day yesterday so I’m back today with my #MentalHealthMonday post. I am always very aware of the state of my mental health because of the fear of spiraling backward. Once I start going back down, it’s difficult to fight my way out. I do occasionally take a mental health day. On my mental health days, I just enjoy time with family and basically do nothing. I mean nothing. No cleaning, reading or studying. I just spend time with the kids and be lazy.
So what is a mental health day?
The best way to quickly describe a mental health day would be comparing it to a sick day.
You work full-time and generally get so many sick days you can use per year. You just call off work because of your illness and you (usually) lay in bed all day.
With a mental health day, you don’t worry about responsibilities of daily life that can be let go for a day. And yes, you may have to use one of those sick days to do this. But that’s quite alright because taking a mental health day is a big preventative measure in caring for your mind.
Trust me, the world will not fall apart. My house is a mess right now, but I’m still running on the steam from my day off that I just don’t care too much right now. It is such a refreshing feeling to remove yourself from daily stressors and just enjoy the day, I mean the whole day. I spent the day outside yesterday and I planted some hostas in one of my front gardens. I trimmed up some flowers (I’d show you but I’m so bad at taking care of flowers they don’t look great, ha-ha).
Taking these breaks occasionally is very important for your mental health. Being an adult is stressful. Parenting is stressful. Life can be stressful. You must give your mind a break from these stresses so that you can better manage your responsibilities. So do you want to know what the main reasons are that you need to take a mental health day?
5 Reasons You Need a Mental Health Day
Refresh Your Mind
Have you ever had one of those days where you just can’t think straight? You forgot your fresh cup of coffee on the kitchen table, tried to start your car without the keys. Put on two different socks. And whatever else could mess up your day.
This is a major sign that you may need a mental health day. When we start piling the long lists of to-dos on top of our other adult responsibilities, our minds can get a bit clogged. I’m not going to lie, I probably need more mental health days than I take for myself. I am a constant mess, I struggle to develop the words that I can picture in my head but they won’t come off my lips. I forget things left and right.
Sometimes we just need to set everything down and do something that isn’t mentally straining to allow our mind to catch up with everything we put it through. This isn’t to say that you can’t do the housework or other things, but when you take a mental health day you should reserve the day for things you enjoy doing.
I dare you to try it and tell me that it didn’t help you think better and forget less.
Your Body Will Thank You As Well
When you take a mental health day, you are putting your body through the usual stress of running around trying to finish everything you need to do in one day. Believe it or not, straining our minds damages our physical health as well.
Have you ever noticed that when you become overstressed you may end up with a headache, a kink in your neck or shoulders, or pain in your back?
These are your body’s way of telling you that you need a break. Taking a mental health day will alleviate these problems leaving you feeling ready to go when you come back from your break.
You Have Time to Enjoy a Hobby or Netflix Binge
Again, doing something you enjoy while taking a mental health day is important. You need to give yourself time to be yourself. By participating in your favorite hobby you’ll increase the happy chemicals in your brain, allowing your mind to feel more relaxed.
This reason alone is enough for me to take a mental health day. Adding these days off to your self-care routine will help you stay focused and happy.
Prevent Your Mental Health From Declining
I’m all for preventative healthcare. What’s great about this prevention measure is that you can do it sitting at home in your pj’s all day. No doctor’s office, no copays, nada. Just you enjoying your day how you want to.
Mental health days are preventative because they give your mind the time it needs to decompress and recompose itself to start fresh the next day. Allowing yourself one day to not stress about anything really does work wonders.
If for any reason your mental health does begin to decline, there are ways to take care of yourself. Even if you don’t have time during your regular daily schedule to attend counseling. This is why online counseling has become a real thing. There are real counselors, online, willing to help you. Check out BetterHelp for more information on online counseling.
You’ll have an Easier Time Prioritizing
My last reason for you is that taking a mental health day will increase your productivity and function when you do return to work, school, or daily responsibilities. You will be refreshed and ready to tackle the tasks of the day because you did have a break.
One Last Word of Advice
Please, I’m begging you, don’t wait until it’s too late. Allowing your mental health to deteriorate is so dangerous. Taking a mental health day occasionally (once every month or two) is much easier for you to manage than falling into a hole of depression or anxiety. If you are struggling, take the necessary steps to get the help you deserve.
I urge you to keep up with your mental health so that you can be the best you every single day, because I mean you’re awesome! We wouldn’t want you to feel less of yourself because you didn’t care for your mental health.
Before you go I do want to offer you a mental health tracker. It’s just a daily tracker that you can use to measure your mood and your daily self-care activities. Incorporating self-care into your daily routine is important, and I even have a fun list of self-care activities you can involve your kids in too!
Subscribe now for your welcome email that includes the password to my printables library. Once you enter the password you can download the mental health tracker or any other printable you like.
One last thing, share this with your family & friends. They need it too 😉