Why it is Okay to Take a Mental Health Day
Mental health has become more perceived as a staple of overall health as the years have
gone on. People are more willing to discuss their mental health, seek therapy or counseling when
needed, and work to keep themselves as mentally fit and fulfilled as possible. As we further the
discussion on mental health, we continue to change our perceptions on certain things and look at
new ways to continually improve our mental health. Something that has long been around but is
more often discussed now are mental health days.
WHAT A MENTAL HEALTH DAY IS
Merriam-Webster defines a mental health day as “a day that an employee takes off from
work in order to relieve stress or renew vitality.” With the growing recognition of the importance
of sustaining mental health, mental health days are becoming more and more common. A
national study conducted in March of this year found that in most states, the number of mental
health days was equal to the number of poor physical health days, if not higher, over the span of
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
Clearly from the results above, people need just as much time to focus on and recover
their mental health as they need to their physical health. And that is more than okay. Your mental
health is never something that should be taken lightly. It is just as important to value and keep
yourself mentally fit as it is to keep yourself physically fit. And sometimes, with everything
going on in one’s life, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, and overstressed. That’s why it’s important
to take time for you.
WHEN TO TAKE ONE
Knowing when to take a mental health day is very important. Everyone has stressful days
and personal situations that affect their thoughts and focus while at work, but that doesn’t
necessarily mean they should take the rest of the week off. Identifying when you definitely need
a day to yourself to relax and recompose is essential.
If you find yourself so stressed or emotional that you can’t focus on the task at hand, it
might be a good time to take a day to recollect yourself and decongest. Major personal crises,
such as a bad breakup, a recent close friend or family member’s death, or anything of the sort are
definitely good times to focus on yourself and take a mental health day or two.
Another good idea would be to plan for a mental health day after a big project or stressful
work event. If you’re working on a multi-week or month long important project, or are away