Whether you like to take a single day off in between the week or you prefer to take a few weeks holiday to rejuvenate your mind; the importance of taking a Mental health break is mandatory in today's world. Long hours coupled with immense work pressure leads to exhaustion and stress. Needless to say, the only way to combat this recurring problem is to take a mental break day.

The need for mental breaks

Over the past few years, the percentage of fitness enthusiasts across the globe has increased rapidly. Sadly, very few of them are equally conscious about their mental health.

According to Blogilates, about 18.2 % of the US residents suffer from mental illness. This is rather a self-explanatory fact because the human mind and body tend to operate as a team, relying on each other. When either of the team members is unable to perform well, the overall health of an individual is bound to deteriorate. Thus, there is no shame in diagnosing or admitting to the fact that you need to take a mental break. In fact, by communicating with others and opening up about your problem, you are unknowingly inspiring the others to fight back against the stigma persisting in our society about mental illness.

According to Prevention, on average the Australians take at least four weeks off in addition to ten public holidays, the Brazilians, on the other hand, are entitled to 22 paid leaves along with a salary vacation bonus of 33% and the French, too are permitted to take at least five weeks off coupled with nine public holidays.

Unfortunately, there are no such allowances for the American employees, which makes it even more difficult for them.

Things-to-do during mental health break

Unlike a regular weekend, mental health days are the exclusive days when you can be yourself and listen to your body. Ideally, the mental health break days are meant to slay your affinity towards the social media.

Turn off the notifications of your Smartphone (especially the reminders and things-to-do lists) or turn to the “do not disturb” mode, and indulge in activities which actually makes you feel good. Some people might turn to painting or singing to ensure complete relaxation, while others might seek solace in shopping, socializing or a relaxing body spa.

There are no hard and fast rules for the mental health breaks, and you can literally embrace anything which offers your mind maximum relaxation.

Have you ever taken mental health breaks? How do you initiate the self-care procedure?