They say we should treat our mental health like we do our physical health. But how many of us actually do?Dedication to our work is something we’re all accustomed to. But, with corporate burnout on the rise and a light finally being shone on the psychological impacts a strung-out work life can bring – employers and employees paving the way in openly embracing the need for a ‘mental health day’ and in return, its benefits to the office.
Whilst the stigma attached to taking a day dedicated to your mental health has previously been known to raise eyebrows, there’s a new awareness that is being recognised globally, and now more commonly, in Australia.
Recently, Beyond Blue – a leader in mental health awareness- reported that 1 in every 5 Australians took time off work in the last 12-months due to mental health issues.
With so many of Australians affected there comes a silver lining – the stigma is changing. No longer clouded with shame and secrecy, it’s transformed to openness and appreciation for addressing the ‘hush-hush’ topic.
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After all, we weren’t given a lifetime of opportunities to burn ourselves out in the office. We work essentially, so we can live. While yes, many of us are fortunate to work in a field we love- there still comes a time when we need to step away from the office and focus on us. So, when would it considered appropriate to take a day? We’ve broken it down for you.
Beyond Blue suggests taking a time out when you’re constantly distracted by something- whether in the midst of a relationship breakdown, grief or even financial stresses. Getting these sorted always help gain a little bit of control back into our already busy lives and allows a clearer mind to tackle looming projects.
Beyond Blue suggests taking a time out when you’re constantly distracted by something- whether in the midst of a relationship breakdown, grief or even financial stresses.
Also, when you’ve been too busy to take time for you – Don’t neglect yourself. That’s when burnouts occur and you’ve soon found yourself couch-bound with your good pals Ben & Jerry and re-runs of The Bachelor. Take the time to disconnect, take a drive or getaway for the day.
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So, push away any uneasy feelings you may have and take pride in acknowledging when you need a day. Take a raincheck – we promise, you’ll be doing both yourself and your employer a favour
After all, you’ll return to the office with increased learning, creativity and productivity, more pro-social behaviour and social relationships. Can’t really argue with that, huh?
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