Every day’s a holiday. Today you can find an excuse to celebrate anything whether it’s sentimental like National Sibling Day (April 10th), painful like National Tell The Truth Day (July 7th), or completely ridiculous like International Talk Like A Pirate Day (September 19th).
But my favorite holiday is mental health day. When is it you ask?
Whenever I want!
Sure, this month happens to be Mental Health Month. And come to find out there is a World Mental Health Day (October 10th). But I’m talking about your own personal mental health day. A day you take out of your busy, stressful, “too many things to do not enough time to do it life” and do absolutely nothing.
In this faster paced, higher demanding world where everybody needed everything yesterday how can anyone keep up? When do you stop to breath? When did we start defining success by how much you can accomplish in a day without having a brain aneurism? That’s why I say every once in a great while you just need to disconnect.
Your own personal mental health day is your day. No agenda. No pressure. No drama. No alarm clock. 24 hours. Just chill.
Get off the grid. Put the phone down and give yourself “me time” with nobody else to answer to or answer for.
And if your wondering why vacations don’t count, think about the last one you went on. All the planning, the airports, boats, hotels, itineraries, money, foreign languages, people. Seriously sometimes vacations are just exotic, new places to be stressed out in.
It can all wait. On your mental health day your mind, body and soul get a break from all the stresses of life.
No seriously don’t answer your phone! If it’s an emergency they’ll call back. And if they do…
well then you’ll have to reschedule your mental health day. But that’s the beauty of this practice. It’s flexible!
Just make sure you don’t take one everyday.
Some may say doing nothing for a whole day is a waste of time. Life’s too short to be unproductive for a whole day.
I say your life will be shorter if you don’t chill out once in a while and put the stress down, along with your phone.
It’s no secret that stress takes a toll on our bodies, not just mentally but physically.
We all have to deal with some form of crap everyday, whether it’s at work, at home or in our own self-conscious. You’re never going to be completely free of it. Life’s moving faster with each passing day and “smart device” incarnation. That’s why giving yourself a 24 hour reprieve from it matters.
And funny enough in the following days you’ll probably be more productive because you gave yourself a break. Besides, nobody else is going to.
Leave the chores for later.
Dress comfortably and put the belts, collars, make up and pumps away.
Do whatever brings you joy. Remember all those hobbies you used to have?
Buy yourself something you’ll enjoy. Eat your favorite foods or candy and worry about the calories tomorrow. Have a few adult beverages.
That’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day all in one! And consequently my favorite holidays in no particular order.
Is it selfish? Sure. But sometimes you need to be a little selfish for the greater good. How can you take care of others if you can’t take care of yourself once in a while?
When you’re completely selfless, you can lose your “self”.
So don’t be ashamed of needing a day to yourself and take your own mental health day when you can. Your mind, body and soul will thank you by working better for you.
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