We live in a time where everyone is obsessed with being “healthy”. Magazines talk about how to get 6-pack abs, the news talks about the newest diet trends, and talk shows rave about how to look ten years younger. However, the biggest health topic being neglected? Mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Health reports that each year 43.8% of Americans suffer from mental health issues. However, only 40% of those Americans receive any type of treatment. Mental-health symptoms should not be seen as a weakness. If you had the flu, you would stay home and rest – right? The same concept applies to mental health. Sometimes we need to clear some of the congestion going on inside our own heads. Taking a “mental health day” can boost your mood, energy, and motivation. Some clues that you need a mental health day?
1. You’re exhausted and have trouble sleeping
When you are overworked, your body craves sleep all the time but has trouble actually falling asleep. When your sleep suffers, so does your health. The lack of sleep can have a huge impact on our thoughts and feelings.
2. You can’t focus
Ever feel like your mind is racing 1000 miles per hour? If you have too much going on at work or school and your brain can’t keep up with it all, the stress can begin to build.
3. You keep getting sick
Reoccurring colds can be from having a burned-out brain. Your body is telling you it needs rest!
What should you do on your Mental Health Day? Well, for starters, DON’T WORK! Instead:
- Schedule a massage or spa day
- Go for a long walk in nature
- Hang out with friends who make you feel good
- Read a book
- Play with your (or a friend’s!) cat or dog
- Go to the gym or do some yoga
- Do any activity that makes you feel good – inside and out
Written by GUADS staff member Angelina with help from Women’s Health