Susan L. Farrell, Author

Mental Health Days

3d Illustration depicting a set of cut out printed letters arranged to form the words self care.

Sometimes we all need to take a “mental health day.” We might not be sick. There might not be anything physically wrong with us. But we just do not feel right and we need to take a little time for ourselves.

This has happened to me, more than once. This is the story of one time. I was feeling irritable. I could not focus. I was not accomplishing anything. I was getting really frustrated. Finally about mid-morning I told myself enough was enough and I was taking a mental health day.

I went out, treated myself to a mid-morning snack, ran some errands, and took care of a few things for me. In the process, I ran into my brother, who was in town to see a client. We had a nice chat. I treated myself to a late lunch.  (I like eating out.)

It was one of the first really nice days of spring, perfect for putting the top down on the car. When I returned home, I found reasons to go driving again just to enjoy the weather. When I returned home again, I spent some time reading.

The next day I felt great! I was energetic and enthusiastic. I was so productive that I more than made up for taking the previous day off. Taking a day off was what I needed. I needed a mental health day.

Being self-employed does have advantages. As long as I meet deadlines, it does not matter if I work at noon or at midnight. This makes it easier for me to take a day off than if I punched a time clock.

If you can, when you know you really need to take a day off even if you are not sick, take a mental health day. You will feel so much better the next day.


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