This week, starting the 14th of May, is the start of mental health awareness week. I think this is absolutely fantastic, however, we shouldn’t need a week to talk about mental health. It should be talked about all of the time! In honour of mental health week I thought I’d put up a series of blog posts in regard to my mental health and any tips that I may have picked up along the way.
This blog post is all about taking a break. I wrote a post a couple of months ago about saying no and it was so poignant to me at the time but as time has gone by, it slipped further and further to the back of my kind. Recently, saying no and taking a break has been more and more apparent of what I need to do to better my mental health.
My mental health has been in turmoil recently and I cannot pinpoint the reason why or even when. I felt like I was doing all right but I think I was just suppressing my emotions some what. A couple of days ago it all came to hit me in the face and I had a bit of a breakdown. I just cried at anything and everything. In regards to my work place, I felt like I was getting no support.
I had originally put my notice in anyway and I had another week left at work but I made the decision to say I couldn’t come back to make my mental health my top priority. Working in care (and anyone who works in care will tell you) there is a tendency to put all your patients welfare above you. In some cases this is amazing and can make you a brilliant carer but other times it can overwhelm you. I have a tendency to put everyone above myself and my work expected me to carry on doing this without support and I just broke. In my mind, there was no way I could deliver the best care possible with the state I was and am in. This led me to make the decision to say that I was unable to work the rest of my notice period. (I’m bank staff anyway so I choose my shifts). This may lead to problems with me getting employed in the future but I done it for my health and I won’t be made to feel guilty for that.
My point is, is that it’s ok to take a break. We put so much pressure on ourselves to do the best we can do and compete with other people. Don’t get me wrong, competition is healthy but some times it can get a bit too much. It is ok for us to say that everything is becoming a bit overwhelming and ask for a bit of time off. Don’t become like me and need to be signed off for weeks on end because I ignore my mental health and think it will get better by working.
Stop and take a breather.
I apologise for rambling but take a breather, run yourself a nice hot bath and have some chocolate or an alcoholic drink. Just chill and have some time for yourself.
Lots of love,
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