Mental health is an individual experience, as is the self-care practice you have built into your routine when you hit that place. My self-care practice might differ from yours, but what’s important is that we’re resting our minds and bodies. For me, it’s mostly my mind that needs a break from time to time.
Juggling a job, sometimes two, children, a spouse and even pets can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. The feeling of just needing a break, a mini-vacation or a mental health day is one that I’m sure we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives.
Does taking a mental health day make me a failure? No.
It makes me strong enough to recognize my needs, voice them and give my body the love and care it deserves.
If you’re feeling burnt out, tired, uninspired or if you’re just having a bad day, take a mental health day if you’re able and do whatever you need to do that day to care for and love yourself. You deserve to feel like you.
Over the years, the topic of mental health has become more widely embraced due to the fact that 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness in a given year. Struggling with your mental health is nothing to be ashamed about. I have anxiety. It’s something I’ve struggled with since I was a very small child and something I just recently learned to put a name on, mostly because I didn’t want to have anxiety and also because I can sometimes believe I am invincible. Nevertheless, I have anxiety. So there it is.
HAVING ANXIETY DOESN’T MEAN YOU ARE BROKEN. IT JUST MAKES YOU AN OVERTHINKING, NERVOUS PERSON ON OCCASION WHO MAY BENEFIT FROM SELF-CARE PRACTICES SUCH AS MENTAL HEALTH DAYS.
Taking mental health days is important. They’re not shameful or ridiculous. They aren’t an excuse to not handle your business. Your mental health is your business, and if it’s acceptable to take a day off because your body ails you, then it’s acceptable to take a day off because your mind is ailing you.
If this post is anything to you at all, I hope it’s a reminder that your needs are important too. In a world full of “the hustle,” trying to workout regularly, making your life seem perfect on social media and maintaining “flawless” relationships, it’s no wonder we can sometimes fall apart.
We’re under a lot of a pressure all of the time.
It’s no wonder we break.
But occasionally cracking under pressure doesn’t make us weak. It’s an opportunity to build ourselves back up with stronger reinforcements and keep on living.
So keep on living, feed your body and mind with what fuels you best and take rest days when you need them.
You deserve to feel like you.
Until next time.