Slightly different, but I occasionally have a day of annual leave, every 3-4 months or so, to just go to eat out/movies/get a massage/go shopping. Things that I don't normally get to do by myself. I consider them my mental health days and by gosh I need them.
Very occasionally, I will call in sick if I am probably slightly sniffly/headachy etc but really just can't cope mentally with being in the office.
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19-08-2014 20:22 #11
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19-08-2014 20:34 #12
I have in the past but then spend the day feeling guilty for doing so. I used to work in an emotionally taxing workplace so needed them. I haven't had one for years. I know how much they impact the workplace because they need to replace staff when they take a day off. I've also had days where someone has taken a mental health day and have been unable to be replaced. It just makes the whole day horrible. I like a pp idea about having a one off annual leave day every month or so. It gives you time off to run errands/have a treat etc but also doesn't leave the workplace short. Definitely agree that people need a mental health day every now and then, as long as the workplace has decent amount notice to replace you if need be.
19-08-2014 20:35 #13
When I was working, yes I would occasionally take a mental health day. For me, it was all about self care as I worked in the mental health profession with a high burnout rate.
Now as a stay at home mum, I wish I could take a mental health day sometimes for my sanity!
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19-08-2014 21:13 #14
Yes I do. Your mental health is just as important to look after as your physical health. I love my job, but it can be challenging and occasionally I'll find myself feeling like I'm too overwhelmed or just not coping and I'll take a day off to give myself time to refocus, get things in perspective and then go back to work the next day in a calmer, better place.
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19-08-2014 21:17 #15
I book the kids into an extra day of daycare every 4-5weeks so I can recharge. But I never call in sick unnecessarily.
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19-08-2014 21:18 #16
I wanted to but never did. I did love it when I got sick and could take time off guilt free
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19-08-2014 21:21 #17Senior Member
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Yes I do, I'm so rarely actually sick. At my job I can't have a "il just take it easy" day. So when I don't feel up to it, I don't go.
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19-08-2014 21:23 #18
Yes. And I'm a mental health professional!
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19-08-2014 21:32 #19
I used to when I worked at a school where the students were very challenging. Some days I just couldn't face going in to school and being 100% on top of my game, all day long. Now I am at a school where the students are generally very well behaved. I have barely taken a day off in the last 6 yrs.
I think it makes a big difference what type of job you have and maybe what else is going on in your life. I think taking the odd day off to guard your mental health isn't a bad thing if that is what you need.
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19-08-2014 21:37 #20
No I quite enjoy my job, I don't take random days off for the hell of it and no one else does my job when I'm away so having days off like that would not be of any benefit, I would have to catch up when I returned.
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