Why You Should Take a Mental Health Day
I wasn’t going to make a post out of my recent trip to Colorado, but then it dawned on me that the reason why I took the trip might be something others would like to start a discussion about — mental health.
Mental health can have several definitions depending who you speak with, and this isn’t meant to be a heavy post, but as someone who has experience with depression and battles anxiety every single day, I think it’s important to talk about the struggles as much as the wins.
This is an incredibly exciting time in my life because I finally feel like I’m making progress with my career — something I’ve spent a lot of time talking about. With some of that success though, has come increased stress and anxiety. I could feel myself getting to a point where I knew every deadline was going to pass me by and I’d still be sitting there staring at a blank computer screen fidgeting with my finer nails (my ultimate anxious tick).
After this feeling started creeping up, I knew it was time to step away for a day or two. I just needed a few days with no deadlines, no emails and no social media. As much and I love and thrive on all of those things, they start to take over at a certain point, which is the perfect recipe for disaster.
Whatever your industry is — finance, marketing, real estate — watch for signs you might be reaching the point of no return. Taking small breaks every now and then is more than worth it if it makes you feel just a little bit saner and rested. The alternative could be burn out, which nobody needs, especially if you really do love your career.
For my mental health getaway, I went to my family friend’s out in Colorado. I’ve been spending time there since I was a kid and consider it a second home. It’s like being at a resort — nine thousand feet up a mountain, right by a national park and amazing company (shout out to the Peters family for always having open arms).
We did yoga at Red Rocks Amphitheater, which I HIGHLY recommend if you’re ever in the area, went on multiple hikes through Pike National Forest and dined on the best homemade meals (thanks Shelly!). Not to mention my sister and dad were able to come too (one lives 6 hours away and the other 2), so seeing family also helped me to just relax. It was the most relaxing and rejuvenating two days ever.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work and falling into depression or feeling more anxious than ever, don’t be afraid to take a step back for a minute. Of course, I’m not a doctor, but taking a little bit of time for myself is far more important than any job or deadline.