We all need a break every now and then, especially those who are suffering from mental health disorders like depression and anxiety.
Even if you’re just feeling a little overwhelmed and burnt out at work, it may be time to consider taking a day off for your mental and emotional health.
Kristen Lee Costa, a licensed independent clinical social worker and author of “RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress: Your 24-7 Plan for Well-Being,” works with many women on burnout prevention, and she practices what she preaches.
“I have taken a day off from time to time, but I also try to make sure that every day I do something that helps me catch my breath and prevents me from getting too ridden with anxiety from the day's demands,” Costa said.
The last time she took time off of work for her mental health, she decided to spend the morning at an art museum.
“I came back to work that afternoon with renewed creativity and drive,” she added.
There are a variety of activities you can participate in on a mental health day off in order to benefit your mental and emotional state. Consider getting a massage or acupuncture, spending time with family and friends, or even just simply sleeping and spending some time alone.
“Often, we find ourselves anxious or depleted when we are sleep-deprived,” Costa said. “A healthy combination of rest with getting out and walking or doing something physical in nature can be tremendously beneficial.”
Costa points out that there is almost a fear in this workaholic society to take time off unless you’re on your deathbed.
“For far too long we have segmented our physical and mental health, when in reality they are deeply intertwined,” she said.
“We also need to tune into our emotional thresholds, which are sometimes more intangible and harder to put our finger on, and take time to decompress.”
By doing all the above, it will be easier to sustain yourself in the working world in the long run, she added. After all, we are not machines and can’t do the work of several people without a break every now and then.