All of us have busy lives, but it’s important to take a timeout and make sure we take care ourselves physically and mentally.
- Sai and Joeslyn
THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH DAYS
Many employees are afraid to call out when they're feeling emotionally ill. Typically, this is not the company's fault but rather a personal struggle; sometimes, workers believe they should push or distract themselves. But there's a fine line between "giving in" and looking after yourself.
"Self-care is vital to your success – not only on the job, but in life," said Vicki Salemi, a career expert at Monster. "If you're not sleeping well, feeling depressed, sad, alone, overwhelmed … it's completely acceptable – and, in fact, should be encouraged – to take mental health days to take care of yourself."
HOW TO ADMIT YOU ARE OVERWHELMED AT WORK
Feeling stressed at work is the worst, but it happens to the best of us. Though you may worry about looking incompetent in front of your boss or disappointing your colleagues, it’s better for your sanity — and your career — to fess up in order to get some help.
Here are eight ways to actually let someone know you’re overwhelmed at work, instead of pretending to be “fine,” so you can bounce back like the productive, confident person you already are.
8 EFFORTLESS SELF-CARE ACTIVITIES THAT ONLY TAKE 5 MINUTES TO DO
The pandemic has made it seem impossible to take a step back and take care of yourself. However, making self-care a priority is not only necessary but also pretty much crucial for optimal health.
“It’s important to take time off work and other responsibilities to pause, reflect and refresh, even if it’s just for five minutes. By taking these small self-care breaks, you’ll notice improvements in your mood, concentration, efficiency and more,” said Jessica Gold, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.