A Mental Health Care Kinda Day

The sun’s up, your alarm has snoozed several times, you want to wake up. You really do. But your body is too exhausted from all the thoughts, the anticipations, and the procrastinations. You open your eyes and stare at the ceiling, your mind is wandering through so many things that it feels blank. The stare continues for quite a bit. Then you shake the thoughts off. You leave a sigh and get up, put your feet down and wonder if you should spend the day like it’s a mental health care kinda day! So, what are the things you should be doing on a day that makes it pretty clear that you need a day off?

Ask Yourself What You Want To Do

If you were going on a weekend trip, wouldn’t you pick a place where you’d feel at home the most? Why is it any different in this case? Instead of asking all your friends what they do when they feel such or looking at IG stories and trying to recreate others’ versions of “chill”, create your own. Ask yourself what you feel like doing and without thinking too much into it, do it. You want to eat two pizzas all alone? Go ahead! You want to just Netflix the rest of the day? Do it! You want to take a day-long nap? Why not? Even if it is doing nothing at all, do nothing at all. Recharging oneself by taking a break is as productive as it can get. 

Mental Health Is Real

For those of you wondering, why waste a whole day doing nothing at all when you can get over yourself and go about the day? Yes, you absolutely can and the saddest part is, we often do so. However, instead of slogging and dragging through the day getting things done half-heartedly, isn’t it better to recharge yourself by giving yourself a day off and contributing your best efforts through the next few days?  

Us, human beings, are complicated creatures. Our brains function 24×7, even when we are asleep. Keeping aside all the regular work that we do, our minds do the most tiresome job; they process thoughts. The intensity to which these thoughts are processed is different for each of us. But, no matter the intensity and depth, when we feel exhausted mentally, our brain is asking us for a break. To not have to go through a grilling day again, to do things that help release more of the dopamine (the happy hormone). The happy hormone is secreted when we do things that we feel good about, that makes us happy. This is when we should keep our ego of proving our abilities aside, put our foot down and give our mental health the medication it is asking for. 

Forms Of Self Care

Self care does not have boundaries; it varies from person to person. Because, these are personal things, things that we love doing. My form of self care might not be what you feel good doing. If you find it hard to realise what yours is, pick up a pen and paper and jot down all the things that you love doing. Then select the things you want to do on the particular day. The reason jotting down helps is that your brain maps the things that makes you happy and subconsciously tells you that it wants to do those things. Thinking is sometimes good for your mental health, after all! 

You come back to bed, feeling all tired from all the fun you had and the peace you feel, and you lie down. Looking at the ceiling, you smile. You know you deserved that break. It feels like a good day! 

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  • Blondeaccountantabroad says:

    Definitely going to share this with some of my friends who I know struggle with mental health – Thank you for this

  • I'm All Booked Up says:

    Mental Health days usually consist of Netflix and reading.

  • Lindsey says:

    Having woken up with a headache today and knowing that my initial plan is out of the window, I really need this post this morning. A reminder that doing nothing doesn’t actually mean doing nothing, it’s doing what you need to feel better. This was a great post, thank you!

  • MMAWL says:

    Need to do more self care tbh,perfect timing I guess.Loved this ❤️

  • Lauren says:

    Self care is so important, especially during these times when it can be so hard and difficult for your mental health. I am getting better at taking mental health days!

  • Blondeaccountantabroad says:

    It’s so important to discuss mental health and it definitely helps clear your mind, thank you

  • Webster says:

    I enjoyed reading this piece. I like the fact it’s brief plus straight to the point. Indeed if you decide to do something just do it. This principle teaches us to be authors of our own destiny. I started doing this 3 years ago, now I don’t have any problem with my schedules. Even my resolutions, I met them.

  • Shana Seigler says:

    I was starting to feel lazy at one point during this lockdown until I realized my body, mind, and spirit needed the rest. I’m so much better for it.

  • Johnny says:

    This was a great read. We all need a break from everything we do from time to time or various outlets to keep our mind off responsibilities that are tiring. It’s like they say – everything in moderation.

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

  • Tiffany says:

    Self Care is so important, especially now in these difficult times. I have an anxiety disorder and some days it is harder to cope than others. I get through it by being aware of what I need and taking time to tend those needs. Life is a balancing act. Sometimes I just need to relax and do nothing, watch a good movie and eat snacks while curled up with a cozy blanket. Some day a hot bubble bath with salts, candles, and music hit the spot. Most of the time I just need to get outside, spend some time in our garden or go for a walk.

  • A Capone Connection says:

    It is important to focus on self care so we don’t get burnt out. Thanks for the gentle reminder!

  • Javier s. says:

    Great post. In times like this, its very important to focus on yourself.

  • Charity says:

    This is so very true. So important to have a mental health day and do what’s right for you!

  • Jen says:

    I’m taking a bit of a mental health day today. Feeling the need to do “less,” and just curl up with a good book.

  • Sabrina Bullock says:

    I’m trying self-care, but I’m not handling all these changes well at all.. 🙁

  • Jaya Avendel says:

    I love your thoughts on self care differing person to person. For artists, self care may be painting but for me, painting would be stressful. My self care is writing. 🙂

  • Pradeep Kumar Bhoi says:

    Nice piece of writing.It touches reality at sevral levels.But what if doing nothing makes you feel happy and at the same time it makes you feel worried of being a waste.

  • carolyn says:

    This is a lovely post, especially for the times right now. Self care can take many different and varied forms, and what’s important is that you do what you need right now (I was definitely doing pizza and Netflix self care last night). I like the idea of asking yourself what you actually want to do. Great post!

  • Brooke says:

    So true! We do not give ourselves enough credit for all the things we do, and we need to take a break from it all and not feel guilty.

  • Natasha MacFarlane says:

    Wonderful post! Thank you for sharing! Mental health days are definitely needed.

  • Shlok Shinde says:

    Super aa usual!

  • Piper Hill says:

    I loved the positivity in this post. I definitely have days like this. I’m going to try jotting down the things I like to do on self-care days so that when I do have days like this I’m not left to try and think about it when my heads not in the right place. Thanks for posting!

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  • Maddie says:

    I love this post! It’s so important to just accept how you’re feeling on some days and take it as a mental health day! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Lisa Marie Alioto says:

    I’m glad you mention self-care and how broad it is; it’s so personalized to everyone! Essential to good health!

  • Izzy matias says:

    Thank you for this reminder to take a mental health care day. I agree it’s important to give ourselves a break. 🙂

  • Chelsea Bared says:

    I really appreciate this post, as someone who takes mental health days quite often, I enjoy finding what works for my self care routine.

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