Mental health minute

10/26/2016

Humans need food, water and rest robots don’t.  Reminder: You are not a robot.

Research shows that Americans rarely take time off work. For example, a 2014 Skift survey found that 42 percent of American didn’t take any vacation days and the 2015 Skift survey found that 41 percent of Americans didn’t take any vacation days and almost 17 percent said they took less than five vacation days in 2015. Yikes!
 
The study titled, All Work and No Pay: The Impact of Forfeited Time Off, conducted by Oxford Economics studied the impact of forgone vacation time. "Americans are work martyrs," says the U.S. Travel Association. "Tied to the office, they leave more and more paid time off unused each year, forfeiting their earned benefits and, in essence, work for free." Is this YOU, or even close to you???
 
Why is this such a big deal anyway, it’s your life your choice right?

Sure, but consider this: "working without letup is a bad habit that can jeopardize business, health and the life you're supposedly working toward." as stated by productivity and stress management trainer and coach Joe Robinson. In fact, “You can easily get stressed in the workplace, which makes you so exasperated that you can’t stand going into the office.  You don’t really want to quit, you just need a break — and a mental health day gives you that.” by Robert London, a New-York based psychiatrist (Huffington Post).

For those of you who want to start a mental health habit, but don’t feel you can start with an entire DAY these are some ideas to help you start small:

  • Peel an orange. Studies show the smell of citrus can help reduce stress.
  • Go for a walk, at least 15 minutes, and really look at and appreciate what is around you.
  • Call or visit a good friend, time spent with friends is revitalizing.
  • Take a nap.
  • Eat an avocado. The monounsaturated fats and potassium can lower blood pressure.
  • LAUGH. Watch a 10 minute funny cat video on YouTube or read/do/watch something that makes you laugh.