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Mental Health Day: Why You Need It and How to Do It

By Genevieve Cunningham

A boss made headlines recently when he praised one of his employers for taking a mental health day. Mental health, and the general upkeep of our minds, is making serious strides in becoming a mainstream issue. Years ago, it may have been seen as weak or even been laughed at if one had suggested taking a day for mental health alone. But today, people understand the worth. And yet, many people are still hesitating before taking time off to heal their minds. If you’re among this group, take a look at why you need a mental health day, as well as how to make it happen.

Why You Need It

There are many reasons to take a day for mental health. Just a few of the reasons that may be present in your life include:

  • Work is stressful - We live in a work, work, work society. And while this can be good, it can wreak havoc on stress levels and mental health.

  • Technology never stops - Technology definitely makes our lives easier, but too much can actually damage mental health. If you’re always on a device, a mental health day may give you a much needed break.

  • The pressure is real - Blame it on social media. Because we’re so instantly connected to everything, we all feel more pressure than ever before to be perfect. This phenomenon is causing more mental health problems than almost any other in our world today.

How to Make It Happen

Once you’ve determined that a mental health day would improve your health and life, use some of these tips to make the most of it:

  • Give notice - Tell people that you’re taking a day to deal with yourself, and they’ll be less likely to bombard you with stress and problems.

  • Unplug - It makes sense if you can’t unplug from everything in today’s world, but unplug from as much as you can. Keep your phone, but don’t log on to social media, text with discretion, and leave your other devices at home.

  • Do something fun - This is a great time to do whatever will help you mellow out. If that means a hot bath and a good book, so be it. If it means visiting a new town, do it. Just do something for you, and leave the stress and worries at the door.

Mental health is such an important issue. If you aren’t taking your mental health seriously, it’s definitely time! Use these tips to take care of yourself and your mental health, and you’ll be healthier and happier in the years to come.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in The Woodlands, Tex.

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