Why We All Need Mental Health Days

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Mental health productivity

Mental health productivity

Taking a break from work will give you a chance to recharge and destress.

No one is immune to getting stressed out. At some point in your life, you will feel overwhelmed, overworked and like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. While any part of your life can make you feel this way, work is one of the major causes of stress, especially because it is linked to your financial security. This can lead to lowered mental health productivity.

It’s not surprising that work is one of the leading causes of stress—Americans spend a lot of time in the work place. On average, people spend 8.8 hours a day working, which is more than they spend on any other activity at one time. It’s no wonder that your job can weigh you down and make you feel exhausted. To increase your stamina and mental health productivity, it’s important to take a mental health day.

If you have lowered mental health productivity, it can manifest in physical symptoms as well as exhaustion and anxiety. You may be more at risk for hypertension, diabetes or other heart conditions.

In addition, a lowered immune system means you’ll be more susceptible to other illness such as the common cold or the flu. Just another reason to take a mental health day. But in case you needed some more, they are listed below.

1. Mental Health Days Lower Stress

It’s already been mentioned that too much work can lead to stress, but taking a day off from work will give you a chance to destress, which in turn will improve your health and ability to concentrate. Too much stress from work could cause you to burn out, and that leads to lower productivity and the possibility of getting demoted or fired—which causes more stress! Don’t let that happen. Take a day for yourself to relax and recharge.

2. Mental Health Days Allow You to Get Some Needed Rest

Getting up early for work and then staying late can take its toll, but so can working regular hours. When you take a mental health day, you give yourself the opportunity to recharge by doing something you want to do—sleep in, watch TV, have a spa day, take a hike, whatever! A mental health day is a chance for you to rest and relax.

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3. Mental Health Days Give You a Chance to Catch Up

No doubt you have a long list of to-dos at work, and you probably have an equally long or longer list of things you need to accomplish outside of work. With only so many hours in a day, it’s hard to get everything done that needs to be done, and having unfinished tasks could be a source of stress. Taking a day off to work on tasks that need to be done at home is a good way to set your mind straight.

4. Mental Health Days Will Help You Become More Productive

Taking a day off from the hustle and bustle of work allows you to refocus and reinvigorate your brain by giving it a break, which can boost your creativity and productivity. That means that when you return to work after a mental health day, you’ll feel better and more prepared to accomplish any task thrown your way.

5. Mental Health Days Make You Feel Better

It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind and slog your way through the day. You might even convince yourself that when you retire you’ll have time to relax. Taking time off from work now has so many benefits, and you’ll feel so much better when you have the chance to decompress and destress. That can lead to happiness and better health.

It can be challenging taking time off work to focus on yourself, but in the long run, it will make a huge difference. Everyone gets tired and stressed, so take the time to take care of yourself and make yourself healthier by taking a mental health day from work.

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