Taking a break from work for your mental health can be necessary. After all, what are you without your mind?
The harder part is coming back to work after a mental health crisis.
Once you do find yourself ready to work again, there are steps you can take to make the transition easier and help maintain your mental health. Here are some tips from mental health experts and advocates:
1) Seek out help from professionals and stick with them to maintain good mental health.
You may be tempted to do it all on your own, but having the knowledge and support from mental health professionals, such as a psychologist and psychiatrist, may be necessary for you to continue functioning at a level where you can go to work.
For example, Gabrielle Loehr, the founder and CEO of Mindful Living Today, takes medication and works with a life coach. She makes sure to do this as part of the process of taking care of herself, and it has helped her break out of a mental health crisis.
2) Focus on the positive.
It can be helpful to think about future goals and think less about what happened in the past. Loehr works with a psychiatrist and life coach to focus on where she is trying to go in life, versus focusing on the hurtful situations she has gone through.
As a result, one of the goals of her coaching company is to help spread kindness and provide actual solutions to help prevent people with mental health issues from suffering as much and as long as she did in her past.
3) Take care of yourself.
There are multiple ways to accomplish this. It’s just a matter of realizing that you are not selfish for taking care of yourself, Loehr said. However, women tend to put others first and skimp on self-care.
Some options for self-care include getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods such as high-quality protein and vegetables, exercising on a regular basis, and keeping in contact with friends and family.
4) Keep your mental health and crisis issues private at work.
Loehr, Gabrielle. Email interview. May 19, 2016.
Conroy, Candice. Email interview. May 19, 2016.
Tracy, Natasha. Email interview. May 26, 2016.