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How To Know When It’s Time To Take A Mental Health Break

Dec 14, 2021

With the end of the year almost here, now’s the perfect time to reevaluate your boundaries with self-care. And you know what that means? It’s time for a mental health break. Don’t worry, with all the hours working, house decorating, family visiting, friend hanging, present buying, and movie watching, we know it’s a busy (but still wonderful!) time of the year for you, sis.

If you’re anything like us, the end of the year can feel like a nonstop marathon of things to do. Want a surefire way to give yourself a break? Plan it out for yourself.

Trust us when we say planners are and will be extremely valuable. For many of us, planners are the ONLY way we can execute professionally with our sanity still intact by scheduling out literally every task every day in our planner. So, transition over to your new planner and get ready for all the fresh start feels.

And y’all, planners are extremely valuable because not only do you get to feel accomplished by filling one out but because you are taking pauses and paying attention to your own mental health.

When you feel depleted, instead of pushing through it, take a break!

Even if that looks like planning out a break for yourself. Honor yourself and your sanity with rest.

And there are so many different ways to do it! Sit quietly with your thoughts. Spend time with people you love. Take time to feel your emotions rather than make logical decisions about what your emotions should be in a given situation. Take extra workout classes. Read a TON. And yes…you can even watch TV.

And after all of this, do you know what happens? You started to fill back up, and finally, feel ready to give 100% rather than push through at a 15%.

We know what you’re thinking, but first, know this: it’s okay.

It’s okay to fall behind schedule. It’s okay to not post on social media. Y’all, it’s ok to not even GET on social media. It’s okay to spend a day in your PJs binge-watching Christmas movies on Netflix.

What’s really important is that you take stock of how you’re feeling and how you’re doing, and you respond accordingly.

Because it’s okay to feel like you did “nothing” once in a while, especially if that nothing is your mind’s something.

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