With everything that’s been going on around us over the past year, it’s normal to feel stressed. And now that many of us are transitioning from working from home to going back to the office, it can really overwhelming and exhausting. So, how do you know when it’s time to take a mental health day? Chances are you’re long overdue for one. Here are four signs it’s time to take a mental health day.
You’re Always Tired
Are you getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night? When you’re stressed or anxious, falling asleep and staying asleep is really difficult. If you’re always tired and stuck in the vicious cycle of not being able to get a good night’s sleep, take a day off to sleep in or nap throughout the day. It may be just what you need to get back on track.
You’re Feeling Anxious
Anxiety affects your mental and physical health and it can result in panic attacks, racing thoughts, abdominal pain, or shortness of breath. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, take a day off and relax with deep breathing, yoga, meditation, and massages.
You Can’t Focus
Do you feel really scatterbrained or constantly distracted? Take a day to recharge and regroup, so you can go back to work stronger.
You’re Always Sick
When you’re feeling stressed, you’re more likely to get recurring colds and physical ailments. Mental and physical health are extremely connected, so when one suffers the other does as well. Rather than wait for a really bad cold to cause you to miss a week or so of work, take a mental health day to allow your system to recover.