Edward Elmhurst Health shared in its bog that we’ve all been there. You haven’t had a break— from work, from the kids, from life in general — in ages. You’ve been in high gear for so long now that you’ve gotten used to feeling mentally and physically depleted.
It’s important to put the brakes on before your health really suffers. Long-term stress weakens your immune system and can cause a number of health problems or make existing problems worse.
The following are eight signs you’re overdue for a mental health day:
- You’re easily agitated. You feel on edge, temperamental, and irritable more often than not.
- You’re having trouble concentrating. You find it difficult to focus at work and at home.
- You’re forgetful. You can’t remember simple tasks, like putting in a load of laundry.
- You’re always tired but you can’t sleep. Furthermore, you are exhausted, but you toss and turn all night and you don’t wake up refreshed.
- You’re overly emotional. You are sensitive to things that normally don’t bother you.
- You’re sick all the time. You are coming down with frequent illnesses and health issues.
- You’re annoyed by others. You have a low tolerance for other people lately.
- You’re not having fun anymore. You can’t remember the last time you had a good laugh.
If you can relate to most of the above, it’s time to re-focus on your well-being. There’s nothing wrong with needing a day off, so take one. You’ll come out of it more rested, energized, and productive.
The following are eight ways to give yourself a mental health day:
- Practice deep breathing or mindful meditation.
- Talk it out with a close friend or therapist.
- Try acupuncture to relax and de-stress.
- Try yoga— it can help you relax and even benefit your heart.
- Get a massage or facial.
- Go for a walk in nature, it can improve your health.
- Take an exercise class at the gym.
- Need more ideas? Try these 15 simple stress busters.
Self-care is essential to good health. We all have our own ways of taking care of ourselves. Figure out what works for you and get yourself the rest you deserve.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety even after taking a break, you may need some extra support. Talk to your doctor about seeking help from a professional.