When you experience physical symptoms like a headache and a runny nose, you know what you need to do. When you aren't getting enough sleep, you tend to get headaches. If you know your workload is not easing up, then it's time to slow down and take time out for yourself.
A mental health day is necessary for your peace of mind. You work hard and are constantly on go. Your employer wants you to be your best self and sets aside paid time off for you to rest and relax. No, really! If they do not, you need to really consider if your organization is right for you. Your employer should support mental health days. It's that serious.
Don't be afraid to call it what it is, a mental health day. It's quite common for organizations to now offer mental health days in their paid time off packages. There is less of a stigma associated when an employee asks for a mental health day. In the past, some organizations would equate mental health days as a form of weakness indicating an inability to handle the rigors of the corporate environment. Now, organizations understand that today's workforce is more connected to their job than ever before and are unlikely to power down. Connectivity is such a concern that many employers incentivize mental health days by offering gift card geared toward activities that promote relaxation.
You work hard and you give your all to your career. Ambition is great, but you have to take care of your total self to be an effective employee. Total health includes mental health and life with balance is vital. So go ahead and give yourself permission to Get. Your. Mind. Right. Because #MentalHealth is #SoMoxie!