Why you need to take a day off.

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‘A day off’, is not having to come to the office by nine in the morning (as opposed to the usual seven), a day off, is a holiday from work, on what would normally be a working day.

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Regardless of the job position, a great pay check or job benefits, most people are not necessarily joyful having to work every single day. There is no doubt, you may have a great job, but each individual has a limit, an in-evitable breaking point, which can be prevented if handled the right way.

The validity of good mental, emotional and psychological health can not be preached enough. Growing up, stress, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem (only to mention but a few) were not treated as a problem or a serious issue. You were mostly considered as one seeking special “attention”, which is in fact true, and should be taken care of as one.

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If you are curious to know when it is okay to take a day off, these are some signs. Your daily routine revolves around work, you find it difficult completing a monthly to-do list, you cancel on all social gatherings (especially non-work-related ones), when asked what you do for fun, you hesitate because you are thinking, you have (at some point) considered quitting, you send messages to the wrong people because you are on auto-pilot, you do not remember when last you worked out, you are always tired. The list can go on and on, but I believe at this point, if you recognise any of the signs, then you might want to consider slowing down a bit.

In cases of exhausted vacation, and personal days then you might want to consider taking a sick day. Your mental health should be treated with seriousness and caution. A responsible organisation would understand if you have to take a sick day off, either to cool off some steam or visit family or loved ones. People have different ways of confronting their anxiety, stress level and mental health. To which best suits you, stay focused on when and how often you need time off. This would not only boost your efficiency at work, but also your self confidence and performance in general.

BY: Ifeanyichukwu Okpala

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