Editor’s Dose: Making Time for Your Mental Health

Editor’s Dose: Making Time for Your Mental Health


Inside this edition, we’re talking about ways to improve mental health through treatment, exercise, diet, and more.  There’s one discussion, however, that recently became a trending topic on social media.  Should you use your sick time to take a “mental health day”?  In our online-exclusive article by Grant Smith at CentralFloridaHealthNews.com, we make the case that you should.  Smith also provides some very interesting statistics to solidify why businesses should support the quality of their employees’ mental health, but he goes even further to propose that local schools and students should consider ways that they can recharge their mental batteries.

If you have a child in school, you’ll agree that their schedules are oftentimes as busy (if not more) than their parents.  They have academic responsibilities, athletic obligations, chores at home, volunteer work to complete, and maybe even a part-time job to add to an already hectic schedule.  All these commitments can amass a heavy strain on a growing youth’s mental state.

So, what can you do, at work or at school, to keep your mental health at top of mind?  My first suggestion would be to read the Web Exclusive Feature, “Taking Time Off from Work or School for Mental Health.”

Next, follow through and make a point to take regular time off for mental health.  Whether that means scheduling a day where you do nothing or making time to do something you know gives you respite, the point is, to actually do it.  Many employers offer sick days that accumulate over the year, and if you don’t use them, they don’t carry over into the next calendar year.  If that’s the case for you, don’t feel guilty using the sick time for a mental health day.  You’ve earned it.  Your body will get some rest, your mind will feel refreshed, and your employer will thank you.  On the other hand, students may not have “sick days,” but making sure your child or teen takes time to rest the mind is just as important, and will ultimately help their academic performance.

Thanks for reading Central Florida Health News, and as your kids head back to school, I wish you and your children a safe, healthy and productive semester.


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