A ‘Mental Health Day’ Is Perfectly Acceptable And It Doesn’t Mean You’re Lazy

A ‘Mental Health Day’ Is Perfectly Acceptable And It Doesn’t Mean You’re Lazy

Everyone needs time to de-stress.

For the past couple years, I’ve struggled to survive working a part-time job while going to school full-time. I barely had time to eat, sleep, and relax when I had to cram in time for homework and studying.

I felt like I wasn’t at my best. I felt stressed beyond belief and scared that I would fail if I didn’t get my act together. I gave myself absolutely no time to unwind in between working and going to school and my mental health paid for it.

Eventually I had to learn that taking a mental health day was A-ok.

This article applies to anyone who has a busy life, whether you are a full-time student, work three jobs, or are a full-time white collar working doing the daily grind. You need to pay attention to your mental health, whether or not you have a mental illness.

Let me throw a few statistics at you: 42.5 million americans have a mental disorder of some kind. According to Newsweek, 1 in every 5 Americans has a mental illness. So when your boss or your teacher wants to be a jerk and get on your case for taking the time to, I don’t know, relax and calm down for the day when they don’t believe you don’t have a stomach churning flu, they obviously need to back off because you might actually need to give yourself a day to reset. Another thing to keep in mind: stress can eventually lead to mental disorders such as anxiety and depression and it can also worsen them.

The workforce and academia like to do this thing where they don’t really keep in mind your mental and physical health when they assign tasks and then guilt you for taking breaks. My advice is to kindly tell them, “oh well, too bad,” because at the end of the day, your health should always come first. Modern society has looked down at mental health as not really being a valid concern because it’s not something tangible, but that’s just stupid. Your mental health makes a huge impact on your physical health and vice versa. It can also impact the work you put out and your general demeanor.

Thanks to laws that have been passed to keep employers from treating their employees like they aren’t humans, part-time jobs have an allowance for absences. Sure, your employer will complain about how they are understaffed and that you’re probably not actually sick anyway, but as someone who’s worked in the service industry for five year, I can guarantee that five years from now, you won’t care that your boss complained about having less people working that day.

School have sick days too, just as long as you have a plan to make up the extra home so you don’t fall behind and that you don’t take time off just before a major test or quiz. Most teacher will give higher grades for better attendance, but even then, how important will a 5.0 gpa be when you’re mental health has to suffer for it? It looks good on a resume, but so does a 4.5. And, nowadays, a lot of employers don’t even ask for it anymore.

So take my advice. Take that day off. It doesn’t make you weak or lazy. It’s just you taking the time to take care of yourself. Binge watch that television show you’ve been waiting for. Eat a whole thing of Ben and Jerry’s. Or get a nice workout in if that’s your thing. Just relax. You’ll thank me later.

Cover Image Credit: pexels

Popular Right Now

8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Being Ugly

What it means to me


Due to a series of ongoing events throughout my semester, I've reconsidered what it means for someone to truly be ugly. Though it is often used in terms of appearance, I do not see it as such-- now more than ever. Ugliness runs deeper than appearance-- it runs within one's soul and festers into other areas of one's life, particularly in their treatment of others.

I view ugliness as someone's conscious capacity and implementation of malice. Taking time and energy out of your day to hurt someone else, that's what I view as ugly. Some offenses are more minor than others, however, it is still a conscious effort to hurt or affect someone else negatively-- and that's the source of the problem. I truly wonder what causes that sort of behavior in someone, as I, along with most people, simply do not invest time or energy into hating or plotting against others. It seems like a full-time job.

I can theorize all sorts of reasons as to why someone would act this way: hate, jealousy, vengeance, etc. Yet, all of these reasons don't hit the root reason. It almost seems that some people are just innately ugly in their soul. This alludes to the timeless debate of whether one's personality is due to nature or nurture. Again, although our surroundings and environment do have a large effect in our behavior, that alibi only goes so far when multiple people are placed in the same environment, in the same situation, and only some are willing to cross moral boundaries in order to hurt the others. Just because an environment applies pressure to people, does not mean everyone is going to act out in malice, and it certainly does not give everyone an excuse to do so. Some people are simply conniving and, well, ugly inside.

If you have ever encountered people like this, I know from personal experience that it is such a drag. You have an enemy, essentially, whether you chose to or not, however based on their hatred towards you, they are now considered an enemy, a hater, and any other associated term. Know that they will do anything in their power to bring you down, even if it requires bending the truth and creating elaborate schemes, but you have to keep on doing you. Let them obsess over ways to bring you down. At the end of the day, their time and energy is being invested into bringing you down, while yours is being used to build yourself up. They will fall by default. So, keep your head high, act in grace, and make your money. They can sip on their Haterade and watch from below.

Related Content

Facebook Comments