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Future Health

When to Take a Mental Health Day

April 10, 2023 

Mental health days are not easy for us to take, versus taking a sick day. It is very common for people to feel some guilt or be hesitant to take a mental health day. When you feel stressed, your work performance may suffer, which can then lead to other potential issues. It is crucial to maintain your overall health and well-being, not only in the workplace but outside it as well. 

Know when to take a mental health day. 

  • When you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, cannot concentrate, or even feeling irritable

  • If areas in your life are benign affected like: work, family, life, or even with things you like to do

Remember that your mental health is just as important as your overall well-being. When you are requesting your mental health day, make sure you are honest and brief. You do not need to go into specifics, but be brief so your boss understands that you are okay and just need time to take care of yourself. 

Use your mental health day as a day to make yourself feel better. To do this, practice self-care, which can look different for everyone. It is beneficial not only to your mental health, but your physical health as well.