Life can be overwhelming, especially when juggling work, school, family, and personal responsibilities. It’s no wonder that sometimes we need a break to recharge and focus on our mental wellness.
Taking a day off (or more, if you can) may be the answer you need to keep going. Here are four signs that you should take a mental health day.
1. You feel physically and emotionally exhausted.
Feeling drained every day is a big sign that you need a mental health day. When our minds and bodies are overworked, dedicating time for rest becomes essential. Take the day to practice self-care and do what you enjoy, like watching a movie or reading a new book.
2. You’re struggling to concentrate.
If you’re having a hard time focusing, being less productive despite working the same number of hours, struggling to remember things, or making silly mistakes, it may be time for a break. Even one day off to sleep in, get a coffee, go to the park, or visit an art museum can do wonders for your mental clarity.
3. You get sick more often.
Chronic stress can negatively impact your body, specifically your immune response. When you’re stressed, your body enters fight or flight mode. This can cause your body to raise suppressor T cell and catecholamine levels, which increases your risk of illness. Take the day to try gentle yoga or go on a relaxing walk to release some of your bodily tension.
4. You’re not emotionally present.
If you find yourself emotionally numb, detached, irritable, or reactive, these are definitely warning signs that you’re not feeling mentally well. Ignoring emotions and feelings can lead to further problems in the long run. Use the time off to reconnect with and process your feelings, write in your journal, and reflect on your current circumstances. This may help you realize what changes you need to make in your life to feel more emotionally fulfilled.
You may also find it useful to take part of your day off to chat with a mental health professional, like one of our providers at Rural Psychiatry Associates. Any bottled-up emotions you feel will come out eventually – that’s part of being human.
However, doing so in the presence of a licensed professional can help you process these thoughts and emotions productively. It may even help you jumpstart a new era of reprioritizing your own happiness. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our mental health services.