It’s the day after Thanksgiving, I had to work today and the whole time I wished I had the day off. I couldn’t focus on anything. I had work to do, but not much got done.
I don’t hate my job, but it is mentally draining. I’m the first point of contact. I get asked odd, random questions. I get people walking in who are lost. Staff walk in looking for the managers. And of course, I can’t forget everyone else who comes in to complain about something/anything.
I need a mental health day. Correction, DAYS.
I had yesterday, Turkey Day, off. I didn’t get the day paid as holiday because hourly staff such as myself don’t get paid holiday time until they’ve been with the company for six months, and six months for me is December 1.So, no, it wasn’t paid, but man oh man, was the day off necessary.
A small consolation is that both Christmas and New Year’s will be three-day weekends.
But this introvert’s internal battery is worn down and needs some serious recharging. I’m hoping the three-day weekends help.
Employers offer vacation time, personal time off – wouldn’t it be great if they offered mental health time?
To me, it makes perfect sense.
Some (not all, mind you) companies push employees to do more with much less, and work ridiculous hours. You spend more than a third of your life at work and if you don’t like what you do or feel your talents are wasted, it can feel like you’re wasting your time, it can be frustrating – and the best part? If you want to take a day off, you’re made to feel guilty.
I know people who’ve taken sick days as a mental health day, hell, I’ve done it myself. Companies create “wellness programs” to improve your life, but sometimes a day off to do absolutely nothing is better than what any doctor can prescribe.