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It's a mental health day

Perhaps this won't make sense to anyone but me, but I am taking a mental health day today. (If you're not familiar with the term, it's a day taken off work just to have a day off work, not for any other purpose.)

"But Kelly," you say, "you don't have an actual job."

You have a point, of course, since my writing job is entirely self-appointed, and the other jobs I do are of the cooking/taking care of the house and yard variety.

But I find myself restless and unsettled and vaguely put-out (for no apparent reason, although maybe it's something planetary or biorhythmic). Also, a bit tired. Also-also, my rheumatologist confirmed yesterday that I am a tense mess (my lower back is a board, yo), and the list of painful joints was essentially all of them, so there's that as well. All of which may explain the earlier portion of the paragraph, except that they've been a constant for a while now, and I haven't felt this particular way until today.

At any rate, whether my issues are mental or physical (or both), I am taking today off. No must-dos at all.

Of course, this means that I immediately wanted to write something – hence this post. But I have decided that nothing today is a "have-to", and that has freed me up to do whatever I want, which includes writing, the mere idea of which felt appalling before I decreed the mental health day. I suppose it's a form of reverse psychology, though I never told myself I couldn't write today. And I am quite excited to be making prime rib for dinner tonight. (As of now, that's the entire dinner menu. Hmm. Probably that will change.)

Perhaps I will do a bit of crafting. Or watch a movie. Or paint my toenails. Or go shopping, just to go out. Or perhaps I will do none of those things. There's a bit of adventure in not knowing what I'll decide to do next, even though none of the likely choices are especially exciting in and of themselves. But I sort of think that's the point of a mental health day.

Have you taken one lately? Do you need one? Can you manage to take one if you do? If you can't manage a full day, can you manage a morning or an afternoon to yourself?






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robinellen
Aug. 21st, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
I hope it's a good day (and frees up some of your back!) :)
kellyrfineman
Aug. 22nd, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks - it was an extremely low-key day, and at least I can say it didn't make my back feel worse.
dampscribbler
Aug. 21st, 2014 04:27 pm (UTC)
No "have to's" sounds absolutely lovely. I recommend at least a half day a month like that, though I rarely manage it. Enjoy your day off!
kellyrfineman
Aug. 22nd, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
That's a fine idea - I should co-opt it, I think!
dampscribbler
Aug. 22nd, 2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
It's available to you, and anyone! :)
soulfully
Aug. 21st, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
Love time for yourself days! I hope yours is enjoyable!
kellyrfineman
Aug. 22nd, 2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
It wasn't actually an enjoyable day, but it was much lower stress once I declared it a mental health day. Thanks!
slatts
Aug. 23rd, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)
I went on vacation and didn't really think that I could go on vacation or that it would even seem like a vacation because I'm on Disability now and I don't work.

And I took two weeks! Which was my ultimate "working-class" goal back when I was working-class.

But vacation away from the garden, the lawn, the laundry, the routine and the surroundings that are Home is in fact, vacation.

This really isn't the point of your post but that self-employed, "not-working" thing, I guess, prompted me to write this.

Anyhow, mine worked. I hope yours did, too!
kellyrfineman
Aug. 25th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
Your first sentence is kind of what I was talking about in declaring a sudden "day off". I am glad you enjoyed your vacation!
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