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Taking a break from work is an important step towards mental health. From painting to tree baths, here’s how you can take care of yourself

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When you’re feeling sick, you know that it’s probably best to take a day off from work to recover and feel better. But while we know how important it is to take care of our mental health, many of us can still hesitate to take time off from work to do so.

There could be many reasons why you think you need to take a mental health day. Personal problems, poor working relationships and overwork are all common causes – as well as feeling burned out, overwhelmed and stressed. Left unchecked, these factors can eventually lead to stress, unhappiness and even mental illness.

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Dealing with mental health problems early is key to preventing them from getting worse. That’s why it can be helpful to de-stress, and regroup, to take Mental Health Day to take care of yourself. So if you’re feeling more tired than usual, having trouble sleeping (or not getting good quality sleep), experiencing changes in appetite or feeling more impatient than usual, then This could be a sign that you need to take a day off to work to take care of your mental health.

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A word of caution here though. Spending your mental health day thinking about your woes, thinking about the things that are stressing you out, or simply doing nothing is unlikely to be of any benefit to you.

making the most of your day

The best way to spend your mental health day is likely to be connected to the cause you took up with in the first place.

If you’re overwhelmed with your workload and too busy, spending time thinking about how you can improve your work/life balance, or getting organized, may be most helpful in helping you feel better. If you’re unhappy with your job, it may be a good call to spend the day looking for or applying for other jobs.

But if you’re feeling emotionally or psychologically exhausted, here are some other things you can do to make things better.

get creative

We know that creativity is good for us, even if you are not very good at your work.

Whether it’s painting, singing, crafting or writing a journal, spending time being creative helps relieve stress and boost energy levels.

It is something like how you worked on issues and learned by playing as a child. Creativity works much the same way. It can help us relieve stress and indirectly help us work through the things that were bothering us to begin with.

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We don’t need to paint a masterpiece to enjoy the mental health benefits of painting. Image: russn_fckr

get physical

Exercise has been shown to be as effective as medicine in treating many mental health problems. In fact, exercise can be so good for mental health that it is often used as a first-line treatment for people with moderate depression.

It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do. Whether you prefer running, weightlifting or Pilates, any exercise is good for managing stress and lifting the mood – thanks, in part, to the feel-good chemicals that our bodies naturally release during exercise. We do.

Get out

Being in nature has a decidedly calming effect on our bodies – it activates our “relaxing and digestive” (parasympathetic) nervous system, which is important for helping reduce stress levels.

You can try activities such as tree bathing, a popular pastime in Japan, which involves walking quietly in forests and woods while trying to be present in the moment and take deep breaths. If you don’t live near a forest, activities like gardening and walking in the park are also really beneficial.

Spending time in nature plays an important role in reducing stress levels. Image: Aaron Burden

get spiritual

This doesn’t mean going to church is necessary (unless that’s what you want to do), but practices like mindfulness, meditation, and yoga are exceptionally good for our overall mental health. For added benefit, try taking these outside if the weather is nice.

To make the most of your mental health day, take some time to actively consider what steps you need to take to improve any problems affecting your mental health. It may be best to do this at the beginning of your day so that you can spend the rest of the day doing an activity of your choice. Most importantly, instead of continuing the cycle of worry or distress, focus on what you are doing if you can. It might take some practice to get the hang of it though.

Regardless, taking a day when you feel like you need to actively invest in yourself, recharge your batteries, and address any problems that may be bothering you has long-term benefits for your mental health. likely to happen. And if you maintain these practices in your daily life, it is likely that you will see continued mental health benefits.

Sandra Walker is a clinical academic in creative and community approaches to mental distress at the University of Portsmouth.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Main image: Anthony Tran

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