Today was my mental health day. Occasionally, I take a mental health day. Essentially this is a day when I “check out” and usually “check in” to my bed. I climb into bed, pull the covers over my head and hide. While it isn’t a popular option if you have a day with much to do, it is very effective!
Yesterday was one of those days that is better forgotten forever. However, when I awoke this morning, a HUGE black cloud was looming over my head…residual from yesterday. Wednesday mornings I have a standing breakfast date with friends and so I dutifully got out of bed (20 minutes before I had to leave the house) and went. It was pleasant. I enjoyed the oatmeal and bagel that my friend, Amanda, bought for me. However, by the time I got home, I was done in. Seriously, I was so tired that I slipped on the floor inside of our front door, fell down and knocked over the end table and broke the lamp shade and light bulb. That was it…. my bed beckoned.
I climbed into bed as Chad was climbing out. He tucked me in and let me check out for a while. I pulled the covers over my head and hid for 1 1/2 hours. As I’ve said before… I am married to an incredible man! Over the years, he has learned to recognize the signs of my mental health days and if he doesn’t have to work, he will allow me time to run and hide.
I highly recommend mental health days to anyone who needs them. Sometimes, especially as moms and wives, we need permission to allow ourselves a mental health day now and then. So, I am giving you permission to take a mental health day occasionally. Take a day to recharge your battery, however you need to do it. For some, a mental health day is a day at the gym, for others it is a day of window shopping, and if you are like me, it’s a day to hide under the covers.
Take a mental health day. Do whatever you need to do to recharge! If your family is like mine, they will thank you for it!