When I left one of my jobs, I left with $15,000 worth of sick leave accrued (unfortunately not paid out). Yes – that’s a lot of sick leave not taken over a 10 year period.
Back then, my attitude was that if you weren’t ready to be admitted to hospital you packed your tissues and Panadol and took your germs or headache to work. Taking a day off because I felt mentally fatigued would have been unheard of! Telephoning work and saying “Sorry won’t be in today I’m feeling a little mentally fatigued” would not have been well received.
Now that I am older (not too old) and hopefully a little wiser, I can see how pushing myself and not wanting to let anyone down was detrimental to my wellbeing. To be honest, in hindsight, I’m not even sure struggling into work was worth it or appreciated by my employer.
Life is full of struggles for all of us. Even though we hear how hectic it is living in today’s society, our parents and previous generations had struggles of their own during their lifetime – that is just life. It is the way we deal with things that life throws at us that matters.Make time to Rest, Recover and RefreshClick To Tweet
Fortunately, some employers today are more mindful of their employees’ welfare and taking a ‘Mental Health Day’ is not so frowned upon. There are still employers who need to recognize this, however the change is happening, if at a slower pace than we would like. It isn’t just employees in the workforce who need Mental Health Days, employers and those who work for themselves need to take them too.Everyone needs a #MentalHealthDay Click To Tweet
If you don’t work and are retired or a stay-at-home mum or dad, life is still hectic, you still feel mentally fatigued. Just because you aren’t going out to work for your employment each day, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a mental health day.
Make Time for ‘Me Time’
We all become mentally fatigued and if you are feeling low or stressed and feel the need to ‘step out of the world’ for one day – do it and don’t feel guilty! I actually like to call these days my ‘Me Time’ days.
- Watch a movie
- read a book
- listen to music
- go for a walk
- have a coffee with a friend
- catch up on sleep.
It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it is something that will nurture you and make you feel relaxed and happy in the moment.
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At this point, I know you are thinking – “It’s okay for her to suggest this but I can’t afford to take time off work” or “who will look after the kids”. “I can’t afford the time” was my mantra until I discovered, much to my surprise, that the world kept turning – with or without me. Yes, my pride took a hit but that is the reality.
Don’t be afraid to ask friends or family to take the kids for a day.
You can do a ‘deal’ with friends who have children and offer to mind their children for a day in return. There is always a way if you really want to do it.
So next time you are feeling a little overwhelmed with life, take a day for yourself and indulge. You will feel so much better for it.
Let’s Keep Sizzling!
Important Note: Of course, if you feel this way constantly it may be more serious and you should seek medical advice or at least talk to someone about it. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones.