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Taking A Mental Health Weekend

Updated on March 11, 2013

When to do something about stress.

Photo of the day:

Word of the day:

Cessation - a temporary or complete stopping

Spanish word of the day:

Detener - to stop

Fact of the day:

According to the American Psychological Association 77% of people in the US say stress negatively affects their personal and professional life. The top three causes of stress in the U.S. are jobs, money, and health.

Quote of the day:

“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.”

- Steve Maraboli

Rant of the day:

The idea of mental health time is new to me. I'd heard about it, but only in high school when kids wanted to skip class and go to a movie. Now, I'm starting to take it seriously.

That's because today's society glorifies being busy. We work extra hours, have social engagements every weekend, and don't take time for ourselves. But, in addition to just being busy, we're also stressed. It doesn't matter if we have good jobs, nice apartments or homes. We're still stressed about mortgages, gas prices, getting a better job, and everything else. It seems like everyone is perpetually stressed, worried about something.

That's why I started (re-started) this blog, after all. I'm stressed and worrying about money, and how I can possibly keep the guy I'm falling for when he wants to start a nomadic life in just a few months. How do I go with him, and still make enough money to support myself? How can I find worldwide telecommute jobs? And if I find one, and by some miracle actually manage to get the job, how do I just up and move? How do I tell my parents I'm leaving to be with a guy they've never even met?

I worry about all of these things for hours every day, and it's tearing me apart. I haven't been eating, I haven't been talking to people, and I haven't been sleeping. I've started to get headaches and stomach aches, all because of the stress I've been putting myself under. Your list of questions and worries might be different, your symptoms might be different, but I know I'm not the only one who's going through this.

And that's terrible. When stress starts to affect you like that, you need to do something about it.

So I took a mental health weekend. I spent two whole days not looking for jobs, not worrying about money, and not thinking about how the guy I want is leaving. Instead I spent some time just being with that guy, and had dinner with my family. I made cookies with my mother and drank a glass of wine.

And it was hard. It was so incredibly hard not to worry about those things, but the time helped. I feel better, I'm hungry, and I'm talking to people again. Of course, I'm right back to worrying about everything--searching for jobs and considering becoming a phone sex operator (would that count as cheating if you're seeing someone? does anyone know?) But the time away from the worry and stress helped me. It might help you too.

So if you're worried about anything and everything, try to take a few days off. Not a minute or an hour like people say.You need more time to breathe than that. Take an entire day, or an entire weekend, and just don't think about it. Sometimes, the best way to fix your problems is to fix them tomorrow, when you're not worried so much you can't move.

Just make sure tomorrow actually comes, and you don't put things off forever.


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