Since the demands of everyday life often pull us all in different directions, life can quickly become challenging and overwhelming.
This level of stress and anxiety can affect all areas of your life, including your relationships, your work life, and your family dynamics. And the key to dealing with those feelings is admitting that you need a break to rejuvenate yourself.
Mental health problems include everything from depression and anxiety to mental exhaustion. All mental illnesses should be addressed, and companies should recognize the need for their employees to host a mental health day when necessary.
After all, a mental health day off is no different than a day off when you feel uncomfortable.
But how do you tell work you need a mental health day?
Don’t worry about being judged
Because of the stigma that is unfortunately still associated with mental illness, many people are reluctant to ask for vacation when needed. But you should never be afraid of being judged for taking time out to take care of your mental health. Addressing mental health issues early on can often cut down the time it takes to get started in the long run.
Arrange a meeting in a private room
It is always a good idea to arrange a meeting in a private room away from the hustle and bustle of the office. Being able to speak freely and openly with your manager or HR team allows you to take it all away without worrying about someone else listening to your conversation. Remember that anything you say is strictly confidential and will not be shared with your co-workers.
Always be open
When talking about your mental health, always be open and honest with your employer. By having an honest conversation, they can find ways to help you get back to work.
Prepare in advance
Many people find it difficult to open up about their feelings, especially at work. With that in mind, it can be incredibly helpful to prepare well in advance for your meeting. Plan how you will address the topic or write notes about how you are feeling so you can refer to it if you have difficulty expressing your feelings.
It’s good to talk!
Your health and wellbeing are just as important at work as they are outside of work. Talking about how you are feeling is always beneficial, especially when you need a mental health day. It’s also a good idea to let your manager know how you feel so they can also identify when a mental health day might benefit you.
If you would like to find out more about how you can professionally support people with their mental health, please contact us and find out more about our counseling and hypnotherapy courses.