Taking a Mental Health Day: Why It's Important and How to Do It Right

Taking a Mental Health Day: Why It's Important and How to Do It Right

Have you ever found yourself just utterly exhausted, mentally drained, and desperately needing a break from the chaos of life? Well, you might be overdue for a mental health day – and let me tell you, they are an absolute game-changer.

Now, I know what you might be thinking. "But aren't mental health days just an excuse to slack off?" Absolutely not! Taking a mental health day is all about prioritising your well-being and giving yourself the care you deserve. It's the ideal way to hit the reset button for your mind and soul.

Let’s dive into why they’re important and how to make the most of them:

1. Recognise the Signs

First things first, you need to recognise when you’re in dire need of a mental health day. Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or constantly on edge? Maybe you’re having trouble focusing or feeling unusually irritable. These are all signs that your mental health might need some TLC. Don’t ignore them – listen to your body and mind.

2. Give Yourself Permission

You don’t need to wait until you’re completely burnt out to take a mental health day. It’s okay to prioritise your well-being even when things aren’t falling apart. Give yourself permission to take a break without feeling guilty about it. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, if not more so.

3. Disconnect and Recharge

Now, when you do take that mental health day, make sure you truly disconnect from work, social media, and any other stressors. This is your time to recharge and replenish your mental energy. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation – whether it’s going for a nature walk, reading a good book, or indulging in some self-care. Trust me, you’ll come back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

4. Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful tool for boosting mental well-being, and it’s something you can incorporate into your mental health day. Take some time to reflect on the things you’re grateful for in your life, whether it’s your supportive friends and family, your safe, warm home, or even just the sunshine outside. Gratitude can help shift your perspective and bring a sense of peace and contentment. Check out our range of journals HERE.

5. Set Boundaries

Last but not least, it’s crucial to set boundaries to protect your mental health in the long run. This might mean saying no to extra work projects that you don’t have the bandwidth for, or setting limits on how much time you spend on your phone or social media. At AwesoME Inc, we’re all about promoting positive mental health, so don’t hesitate to set those boundaries and prioritise your well-being.

Remember, taking care of your mental health isn’t selfish – it’s essential. So go ahead, schedule that mental health day and give yourself the love and care you deserve. You’ve earned it!


Why Kids Need Mental Health Days Too

If you have kids you will know that they too experience stress and overwhelm, from school to social expectations, they are under more pressure than ever before. That's why it is important to recognise that they might need a mental break as well.

Allowing kids to have mental health days:

  1. Acknowledges their feelings and teaches self-care early on.
  2. Fosters emotional resilience by teaching healthy coping mechanisms.
  3. Strengthens family bonds through shared experiences.
  4. Promotes lifelong habits of prioritising mental well-being.

Consider activities like outdoor adventures, creative projects, relaxation exercises, or simply spending quality time together as a family. Encourage them to choose activities that make them feel happy, relaxed, and rejuvenated, allowing them to recharge and return to their routines feeling refreshed.

By normalising this stuff for our kids at a young age, we set them up for success in adulthood. By teaching them practical strategies to navigate the inevitable ups and downs, they learn to be more resilient and confident and hopefully they will go on to lead happier, healthier lives. These kids are our future and their mental health matters just as much as ours.

Check out our FULL RANGE of GRATITUDE JOURNALS for all ages.

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