I heard this advice a while back and thought it would be beneficial to share- especially during mental health awareness month. That advice was; if you start to feel your mental health getting bad again and if it is starting to affect your physical health too, then treat yourself as if you had the flu. Take a day to yourself and focus on your mental and physical health. Rest. Drink fluids. Catch up on sleep. Watch movies or get caught up on your tv shows. Your health is a priority- whether its mental health, physical health, or both. Your job will not be ruined by missing a day. The world will keep turning. Everything will be okay.
You should allow yourself to rest and prioritize your health without feeling guilty about it. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Your overall well being is what is important. Taking care of yourself should not be considered a luxury, it is essential and should be treated as such. It’s important to continue the conversation of mental health and the stigmas that surround it.