Signs That You Need To Take a Mental Health Day & How To Explain To Your Boss
You wouldn’t hesitate to take a sick day if you were feeling physically unwell, but what if you’re feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed?
With the last year and the pressure of the pandemic, it’s never been more critical to set aside a day and focus on yourself.
But, what exactly is a mental health day?
People have been taking mental health days for years without recognising what they are. It’s that point of burnout when you call in sick – it’s that feeling when you think you have nothing left to give and need a day to reset.
What are the signs you could benefit from taking a mental health day?
Needing time off for yourself could manifest itself in different ways. When it comes to work, feeling resentment for your workplace could be one of the first signs of burnout. It could also be beneficial to watch out for your irritation levels – as being irritated is a key signal that you are overwhelmed. To rationalise these intrusive thoughts, we need energy. A mental health day could be your chance to recuperate.
How to ask your boss for a mental health day
Overcome the fear of being judged
It’s a natural fear to have – after all, and it’s only recently that the whole conversation around mental illness got started. But, without getting the proper support in the early days, you put yourself at risk of letting the problem escalate to an extent where you may not feel able to go into work at all.
The more honest you are with your boss, the better equipped they’ll be to give you the support you need, so always set out with the mindset that mental health is equally important as physical health – and just as likely to result in an absence.
It’s good to talk
Remember, once you’ve voiced your feelings, keep your manager up to speed with any developments. If you feel you lack support in your current role, requesting a work mentor or more regular catch-ups with your line manager might be what you need to feel more at ease and supported.