I’m Taking a Mental Health Break

Here’s what I’ve learned on my six-week hiatus from reality.

Jennifer MacDonald
Nov 21 · 5 min read

It’s okay not to be okay.

We are all human. We all have our breaking points. There is nothing wrong with speaking up when it all gets to be too much! I cannot emphasize this enough — speak up!

There’s no reason to feel guilty for taking care of yourself.

When I first realized that my mental state was deteriorating, I hemmed and hawed over whether to ask for time off. I felt guilty for even having those thoughts in the first place. Part of me felt like I was failing as a human being because I couldn’t cope with the stress anymore.

We need to take mental breaks more often.

Life is hectic. Especially right now. Everyone is off-kilter, and sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to take a break from it all. Of course, taking time off isn’t always feasible when you have work responsibilities and bills to pay. But sometimes, stepping away from everything is sorely needed.

Sometimes our bodies need a break too.

I deal with chronic back pain due to scoliosis, and being on my feet at work all day takes a massive toll on me. Usually, I keep pushing through it because what other choice do I have?

The quickest way to de-stress is to engage in things you enjoy.

When I decided to take a leave from work, my stress levels were absolutely through the roof. I was not acting like myself. I knew that I needed to de-stress and focus on getting back to my normal state, or I’d end up doing something that I regret.

Final Thoughts

We lead very hectic lives these days. We’re always on the go and continually multitasking. This kind of lifestyle can take a toll on anyone during normal circumstances, let alone during a global pandemic.

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I am a 38 year old dreamer who is living with Scoliosis. I’m an avid reader and a total nerd at heart. I like to share my thoughts on things.

The Ascent

A community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness & fulfillment. Join 138,000+ others making the climb on one of the fastest-growing pubs on Medium.

Jennifer MacDonald

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I am a 38 year old dreamer who is living with Scoliosis. I’m an avid reader and a total nerd at heart. I like to share my thoughts on things.

The Ascent

A community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness & fulfillment. Join 138,000+ others making the climb on one of the fastest-growing pubs on Medium.

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