3 Signs You Need to Take a Mental Health Day
By Genevieve Cunningham
Mental health is no joke. If you’ve never suffered from a mental health crisis, you may not really understand just how serious it can be. Prevention is key when it comes to the health of our minds. The problem is that many people don’t really know what they’re looking for as a sign of poor mental health. It’s not always obvious, and yet, it’s still so important to be aware so that you can take action early. To help keep yourself healthy and strong mentally, take a look at these less obvious signs that a mental health day is necessary.
Your Energy is Nonexistent
Most people have dips in energy from time to time, and this is perfectly normal and OK. But when your energy goes from low to completely nonexistent, it might be time to take a day off. Lack of energy may signal a problem with your nutritional habits, sleeping situation, or it may be an indication that your mental health needs more attention. If you’re so tired that you can barely make it through the day, just schedule a day off and get some rest.
Your Temper is Short
Everyone has a different tolerance level and a different patience threshold. As long as your temper is relatively under control, you’re probably OK. But sometimes when our mental health begins to suffer or stress gets too high, our tempers can get incredibly short. If you notice yourself snapping at things you would normally allow to roll off your back, taking a day off and recharging your mental health may be necessary.
You Can’t Focus
It’s not unusual to lose focus on occasion. It’s not unusual to forget what you’re doing, what you were saying, or where you were headed. But if you’ve lost focus and can’t seem to get it back, it might be a subtle indication that you need a little mental health timeout. Take a day, get some sleep, go on a trip, or do whatever will help you relax and refocus.
It’s not always severe depression, violent mood swings, or bouts of trauma that signal a mental health crisis. Sometimes the signals are much more subtle. Pay attention to any of these signs in your everyday life, and take action when necessary. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can protect your health and boost your mental health for years to come.
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