Sometimes we overwork ourselves with the amount of activities we participate in. School, work, sports, and volunteering all become overwhelming if we don’t give ourselves regular breaks in between the different activities. Mental health days are an important practice that we should incorporate into our daily lives. They can help avoid burnout and allow  us to regenerate the energy needed to carry out day to day activities. There are a number of signs that can help distinguish if you need to take a mental health day or not. 

Firstly, you may not be getting enough rest. Multiple studies have concluded sleep plays a role in our cognitive and emotional functions. Second is, if you are more anxious than usual, taking a mental day can help you reset and destress for the oncoming days. Lastly, take a mental health day if you are feeling disconnected. Taking a mental health day can allow you to become connected again with the people in your social circle. Mental health days can play a vital role in improving your psychological and emotional health. If feelings do not subside after your mental health days, then it is always good to reach out to mental health professionals.   The movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off depicts the endless capabilities of our mental health days. I’m not saying to go on Ferrari joy rides or create a show-stopping appearance in a parade, but to enjoy the day doing your favorite activities or enjoying the day with friends and family might do it justice. For me, I simply enjoy going out with friends and taking walks around LA; I think exercise in combination with being social has aided me to reduce any stress that was affecting me. Furthermore, I have also enjoyed going on mini trips with my family just so I could get a change of scenery. The overall point of a mental health day is to alleviate any stressors that are occurring in your life. Remind yourself that mental health days are necessary and allowed. Maybe next time you have your mental health day you can watch a movie, like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, read a book, or just plainly enjoy the things you usually don’t have the time for.

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Christine Audrey Cruz is a recent graduate from California Lutheran University where she obtained her bachelors of science in Biology. As a first generation student, she believes in creating free and accessible resources in the hopes of attaining equal and accessible education for all. Her passion for advocacy and altruism is displayed through her volunteer work and mentorships. She is pursuing a MD/MPH in the hopes of becoming a future physician. She also plans to create accessible and low cost clinics within her home country, the Philippines. In her free time she enjoys playing basketball, drawing, singing, hiking, and finding new restaurants to try out.

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