Self-Care: Mental Health Days

IMG_0549As someone who struggles with mental illness, some days I just need a mental health day. I realize it’s easy for me to do because I don’t work, but if I did work, I’d call in sick in order to do this. I imagine that after the holidays, many people need a mental health day.

For me, this means a break from doing my normal activities (except for meditating), cancelling any appointments that day, staying in my pajamas, and resting by reading a book or watching Chopped reruns.

Last month, I took a mental health day after a particularly stressful week during what historically has been my worst week of the year for the past 3 years, and then taking a weekend road trip at the end of that week. By the end of the following week (I hope that made sense lol), I needed a day to rest in order to recharge.

One of the red flags of my depression is lethargy. Since I began taking Prozac last October, my energy has improved, but I still need a day here and there to recharge in order to continue being able to do my regular daily activities.

The thing my therapist has warned me against, however, is to not extend that mental health day into the next day, which could lead to that same lethargy that I feel while depressed; I may end up having a setback. And sometimes, it’s really hard for me not to extend, so I try not to take mental health days very often, even though it’s important for me to do once in a while.

So if you’re exhausted from celebrating the holidays, take a mental health day! 🙂


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5 thoughts on “Self-Care: Mental Health Days

  1. Yes, we ALL need mental health days to recharge our batteries. This applies to ones that don’t even have mental health issues too.
    I don’t work either, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t need moments to decompress and enjoy time alone doing my favorite things.
    Great post Barb!

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    1. You’re totally right—even people who aren’t mentally ill need mental health days, too. And yes, even we though we don’t have jobs we need time off, as well. It’s hard work staying healthy.

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