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Take a Mental Health Day There’s no reason to feel guilty about calling in sick. A short break from work when you really need it is an essential part of good self-care Writing | Fiona Thomas

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f you’ve ever taken a day off work sick, then you’ll know that it often comes accompanied by pangs of guilt. Many of us feel terrible for even considering calling in ill, so we soldier on for weeks before finally admitting defeat through sheer exhaustion, and we are forcibly put to bed by a loved one. Taking a day off in the name of self-care is nothing to feel guilty about. In fact, it’s actually rather savvy to take time off to address any mental health concerns before they escalate. You wouldn’t begrudge someone a day off to recover from a tummy bug or virus, so why should mental illnesses have a different set of rules?

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Statistics show that nearly 15% of people experience mental health problems in the workplace, so you’re not alone if you struggle to balance life and work. Sick days are a normal response to such problems, and evidence suggests that nearly 13% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions. So what can be done to help? We’re often told that self-care should be a top priority, but self-care can mean a lot of different things to different people, depending on their situation. Luckily one of the simplest things to do is to take a mental health day when you need it. Here are four good reasons why you shouldn’t feel guilty about it:

Happiful May 2018  

This month we’ve got an invigorating mix of features including: – Giovanna Fletcher on motherhood and supporting each other to love the ski...

Happiful May 2018  

This month we’ve got an invigorating mix of features including: – Giovanna Fletcher on motherhood and supporting each other to love the ski...