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Considering taking a mental health day can be a difficult decision, especially if you’re one of the many Americans who feel guilty taking time off work, but if you’re truly in need of a mental health day, it’s crucial to take one. But how you can you tell when you truly need one? Here are some signs:


  • You’re exhausted but can’t sleep.
  • You constantly feel overwhelmed.
  • You can’t focus.
  • You feel more irritable than usual.
  • You need time for a mental health appointment, i.e. a therapist appointment.
  • You’re constantly getting headaches, colds, etc.
  • You constantly feel frustrated at work.


If you experience some of these symptoms regularly, you probably could benefit from a mental health day. If you decide to push through and continue working, your productivity and work quality could suffer, so you shouldn’t feel guilty for taking a day off to reset when it’s necessary. Of course, taking a mental health day may end up just being a band-aid on a larger issue. If you suspect there’s something larger at play, it may be beneficial to seek professional help.


SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, offers a free helpline: 1-800-662-HELP

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available at 1-800-273-8255