Mental health is still a very taboo topic and most people keep their trouble private because they don’t want to be seen as weak or emotional or crazy. We’d take the day off work if we had the flu but not if we were feeling depressed.
I’m not going to tell anyone to take mental-health days because I don’t know your situation. I don’t know if you have paid sick leave, how your employer views mental health issues or if staying home (alone) could be dangerous for you.
In my last job, the answers were No, Poorly and Yes.
But talking about mental health is one of the best things that we can do to fight stigma, improve access to care and help people who are suffering. So I will keep talking about it.
I’ve also got a list of my self-care activities
- Watch a comedy show (but keep it short, you can’t focus for more than 20 mins)
- Doodle (don’t expect it to look good, just draw mindlessly)
- Eat a chocolate bar
- Pin inspirational quotes
- Write (but don’t edit-think Kerouac and a stream of consciousness)
- Chamomile Tea