manatworkMost of us work hard, some of us too hard.  And there are days when we need a break, so it is important to allow yourself what I like to call a mental health day.  If you don’t take care of yourself, you truly can’t take care of your responsibilities at work.

Here are some signs it is time to take a mental health day:

  1. Your Desk – The sight of your desk makes you take a deep breath cause you don’t feel like sitting at it.
  2. Your face – Take a good look at yourself in the mirror and your face will tell you it is time to take time off.
  3. Your Co-Workers – Your colleagues will know if you are not feeling it so, it is best to remove yourself from your work, and allow yourself to breath.

Now, you’ve decided to take your day off.  Now what?  It is imperative you maximize your time.

Do not let the following weigh you down:

  1. Guilt – Don’t feel guilty about taking a day off from work.  Guilt ruins the whole point.
  2. Justify – Don’t’ feel like you need to justify why you need time off. It’s fine.
  3. Insecurity – Don’t question your decision to take some time for yourself.  Just do it.

Mental health day is one day.  Make an effort to set aside that day and make it yours. It will only improve your work, and, in the end, becomes an asset to your job. Call in sick without any hesitation sometime soon. You deserve it.

Unhappy man at work image available from Shutterstock.

 


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    Last reviewed: 13 May 2013

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2013). Calling in Sick – Do It. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/05/13/calling-in-sick-your-mental-health-day/

 

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