One Woman’s Brave Email is Helping to Break the Mental Health Stigma
Due to an increase in dependency on technology, people are not interacting with one another as much as we have historically. Additionally, technology and social interactions make it almost impossible to function “normally” these days without always being connected. This is true for our personal and professional lives. But, wasn’t there a time in which you were expected to work M-F, 8-5 and, outside of that outside of fields where it would be an emergency, you were left alone. Well, those days are gone and, especially if you’re a salary worker, you are expected to be on call and available to field work related questions as early as 6AM and as late as 11PM.
So, it’s understandable that, from time to time, you’ll need a mental health day. I don’t know about you all but I don’t have enough of a stake in any company to jeopardize my health, physical or mental, for a job.
This week’s Trending Thursday is touching on that and that alone. Only one story but one that I want you to read and, in the time you would spend perusing additional stories that would’ve been posted for Trending Thursday, ask yourself if you need to use a sick day as a mental health day. How often do you take a day not to vacation but to really just enjoy it? Weekends are weekends. They’re for enjoying. But when do you step away, meditate, and really focus on bettering yourself? We all need them and we shouldn’t be ashamed to take them, nor bullied when we do. And, if you’re a person of integrity and your employer has a problem with you using these days, maybe you all need to have a discussion about either trust or what truly constitutes a healthy lifestyle.
The more we learn about human nature, the better we should be treating those around us, helping one another to become more well-rounded and complete individuals. The question is, “Are we?” Or are we trying to fit the more aware (wo)man into space that disrespects his/her uniqueness?
Time and health are two things that you cannot get back once they’re gone. Make them every day’s priorities.