It’s easy to know when you should stay home from work with the cold, flu or other ailment, but it can be challenging to know when you should take a mental health day. Mental health days are a concept that has been slowly catching on with employees and employers; in essence, that it’s OK to take a day off from work to recharge so you’re able to perform your job at the best of your ability.
When to take a mental health day.
Some factors that contribute to depression and anxiety — like losing a loved one, ending a relationship or receiving a poor performance review — may be easier to spot than others. Other less obvious factors — like losing motivation for work, becoming less productive, having trouble sleeping or losing desire for activities that formerly brought you joy — can also be signs of needing a mental health day.
How to tell your boss/human resources.
You don’t have to disclose to your supervisor that you are taking a mental health day. If you feel comfortable telling your supervisor that you are taking the day off for mental health reasons, go ahead. But if not, you can instead mention that you are managing a personal health problem. You can use generic language.
What to do during your mental health day.
Unplug. You took the day off to recharge your batteries and to not think about work, so it’s important to unplug your devices and disconnect. This will allow you to enjoy the day and get back to feeling better.
You may feel overwhelmed, so today may be a good time to check things off your to-do list. You don’t have to finish every project, but try completing a couple tasks to help you feel less cluttered.
Going outside will allow you to breathe fresh air and get your steps in. You can share this time with a friend who may work remotely or have the day off. There are many ways to spend a mental health day, and it doesn’t have to involve staying inside all day.
Mental health resources.
There are various mental health support hotlines you’re able to call that are free-of-charge and available 24/7. Visit the National Institute of Mental Health to receive help and view the resources.
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