It is okay…to not be okay

I started to make a status saying I need a mental health day and decided that this was a good opportunity for recovery.

I’ve always expressed how it saddens me that people feel like they have to have everything together in their lives, solely based on the purpose of being perceived as successful on social media.

Smile pretty. Look busy. Get likes. Repeat.

In business, we always say not to show your down days to your clients. It’s hard to get people to buy into realness sometimes. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. You don’t always need to share your personal feelings with social media, especially if you are looking for comfort. That’s not the right place. However, it is nice to see people being real about their lives. Nothing is all sunshine. We all have times were we want to call a mental time out. We just need to find ways to cope that work for us.

Here are a few tips on how to take a mental health break.

PTO

If you have it, use it. Take a day to relax and not think about work. If you are self-employed, don’t schedule any meetings and plan a day for yourself. You don’t have to do anything other than relax, however that looks for you. Just be intentional that this is the day you will take personal time off.

Self-date night

Sometimes, this can cause more anxiety than it should. Some people just don’t like to go out by themselves. If you want your significant other or friends to tag along, so be it, but let them know that this is a self-care act on your behalf. This is YOUR date. Plan it your way for maximum fun.

Practice self care daily

Taking a mental health break allows you to refresh your brain, gain perspective and push forward to your goals. Not taking this break when you need it can cause immense damage to your recovery process. Pay attention to the signs:

Abnormal irritation

Heavy procrastination

Dark or negative thoughts

Significant change in appetite

Loss of energy

There are other symptoms that can be warning you that you need a mental health break. If you need to talk with someone, please do so especially if your are experiencing depressive or suicidal thoughts. I want you to be okay, however I know that sometimes just reading blogs isn’t going to cut it.

Text CONNECT to 741741 to connect to the National Suicide Text Hotline

If you have any other mental health break tips that you would love to share, please feel free to leave a comment.

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