When I was in the work force, there were days that were so stressful I was about to snap. I worked the phones for a large insurance company, and guess who was often on the other end of the line? That’s right, customers who were irate about their insurance premiums, and it was my job to calm them down and resolve the problem.
I definitely needed a mental health day where I could just take off work and do something fun, and try to forget what a bitchy office I worked in. According to workplace help expert Brandon Smith, “there are four signs that you need a mental health day.”
You Can’t Sleep
It’s not always possible to leave your problems at the office, and you may find yourself stewing over a work problem to the point that at bedtime you’re tossing and turning, and can’t fall asleep. If you do fall asleep, you may wake up in the wee hours of the morning with your mind still racing.
(Who Cares) Attitude
I remember when I would get multiple rude customers, I developed a (who cares) attitude, and wasn’t as worried about giving the right information. I even entertained the thought that I might be fired, and then I could find a less stressful job.
You’re Cranky with Friends and Family
This one is always a catch-22 because you may feel you can’t blow up at your boss, but taking your frustrations out on your friends and family doesn’t solve your work problems. Activities that you used to enjoy are not fun anymore if you’re constantly thinking about what is going on at work.
You’re Stressed About Past Problems
It was hard for me to shake off the rude callers, and I would still be stressing over what happened a week ago. Very few of my calls were people who were praising the company, and it seemed like I never could take a break from all the complaints.
Don’t feel guilty about taking a mental health day. If you’re sick you take off to go to the doctor and take care of yourself. Your mind also deserves a rest. Listen to music, exercise, shop, hang out with friends, or just relax with a good book. You’ll be in a much better frame of mind when you return to work.
What do you like to do on mental health days?