signs you need to take a mental health day
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SIGNS YOU NEED TO TAKE A MENTAL HEALTH DAY FROM WORK OR SCHOOL

What are sick days for? Sick days are for illness but for reasons unknown we have become accustomed to using our sick days for only the times that we feel physically ill. And this is not supposed to be so, sick days should also be used for times that you feel mentally or emotionally ill. Your mental and emotional health is just as important as your physical health. To be in complete health means that you are physically, emotionally and mentally healthy.

Taking a few days off work or school to disconnect from immerse pressure, stress and anxiety can do wonders for your mental and emotional health. Just “lazying” around your home alone can be rejuvenating.

It’s one thing to know that it is okay to take a few days off for your mental and emotional health but it is another thing to know when it is time to do so. Most of us can be so caught up in our work that we don’t recognize when we have moved past our stress limit until it is either too late or almost too late. Below are signs that it is time to take time for your mental health.

You feel exhausted and overwhelmed at the same time

Have you been working long hours at work? And when you get home, you can’t seem to get any rest because you have things to take care of? Do you feel a perpetual feeling of tiredness and yet don’t feel like you can catch a break because you have a lot on your plate? And let’s not forget the students who are fond of burning the midnight oil to get through hours of cramming sessions.

The feeling of exhaustion is easy to identify and also easy to ignore when you have more things to do. Granted, somethings are time sensitive and it is nearly impossible to ignore them especially when it comes to work and school load but… YOU ARE NOT INDISPENSABLE.

If you drop dead in the office, they will find someone else to do the job that you were supposed to do or school will continue. So, keep this in mind whenever you feel exhaustion but you keep going anyway because you have things to do.

You feel tension coursing through your entire body and soul

Do little things make you lash out at people? Or you find yourself overreacting to situations that probably need little to no reaction; then it is time for you to take a day or few off everything. Because if you keep going, something will make you snap or lead you to experience a psychotic break and this will not be a good episode. You need some time off EVERYTHING in order to process your emotions and figure out what is going on within you.

You feel completely alone

The feeling of aloneness plagues everyone at some point in time but there are times when that feeling is so intense that it leads to other things like anxiety or depression. Feeling alone is not fun but we often feel most alone when we haven’t been checking in with ourselves and taking good care of ourselves. You can have the most loving people around you but still feel intense feelings of aloneness. This is a massive sign that you need time off to reconnect with yourself and be present with yourself first before connecting with loved ones.

There is a deep truth in feeling alone, a truth we like to ignore because we have been taught that love comes from outside us but this is not so. All the love you want must first come from within yourself and you can start demonstrating this by taking care of yourself and priotizing your mental health and well being.

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You feel constant anxiety

It is normal to feel temporal anxiety once in a while but when it becomes a constant emotion that plagues you even when there is no reason to feel anxious then it is time to take a break and evaluate the situation.
Don’t push yourself to keep going especially if your work adds to the anxiety you feel. It will not be a crime to take some days off and seek help. Constant anxiety left unattended to can lead to other health issues both mental and physical.

You fall ill more often than normal

Most times when our mind needs a break to recuperate and we don’t listen to the emotional signs; our physical health starts to deteriorate. This is an effort to force us to stop no matter what. Have you ever heard stories of people who fainted or collapsed in their offices? I have. They didn’t listen to other signs of exhaustion, so their body decided to take the hint for them by-force. Don’t wait until you collapse, if you keep falling ill, it could be a sign of massive stress and exhaustion. Take time off to care for yourself.

Something devastating/soul shattering has just happened to you

It could be that you just lost a loved one or are going through a bad break-up/divorce; doesn’t matter what it is as long as you feel intense emotions of grief, loss, sadness and everything that can bring you down in the dumps. Don’t force it, don’t force yourself to behave as if everything is okay, don’t force yourself to resume your normal everyday routine. Because whatever it is your are going through is not okay; it is an illness of the soul and you need to let your soul bleed and care for it.

If your leg is broken, you won’t make yourself walk or run on it; you will care for it and put it to rest. This is what you should do if you are going through something. Take time off and care for yourself. There will be consequences if you don’t do this; the emotions you avoid will find another route to catch up with you and this may blow up your life. So take the time and care for yourself. You are priority, no matter what. YOU ARE THE PRIORITY.

“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly”.

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Caring for yourself

There are many things you can do to care for yourself in order to recuperate and feel better; different books and things on the internet give advise on the things to do to care for yourself but at the end of the day, only you know yourself better than anyone else. Only you can tell the best way to care for yourself and get back to normal.

And if your situation is dire, and you have no clue of what to do, please seek professional help. Talk to someone you can trust and if you feel like you can’t trust anyone then journal. A book and a pen will never judge you for feeling what you feel and putting your emotions and “crazy” thoughts down on paper can help you figure out what is going on with you.

Most importantly, do the things that you love to do, do the things that make you feel bliss; it doesn’t matter what it is (this is not the time to think of being productive) your job is to do things that you enjoy and makes you feel relaxed. Because only in the state of bliss can we be present with ourselves and this brings clarity; it is in clarity that we can see the path to healing and growth.

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