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Don’t feel guilty for scheduling (or non-scheduling) mental health days. It decreases the likelihood of burnout from your job, your possible dual job as a caregiver for a child, parent, spouse, or all in some way. You deserve a little time to yourself for one day. And, ongoing, everyone needs self-care, regardless of caregiver status or not. So, decide when and how much time you can and will devote to self-care each day and what you will do with that time. One of my things is my nails, so, if my toes aren’t pretty, something is wrong. Another thing is listening to music and singing as loudly as I want. Journaling, gardening, and yoga are some of my other favorite things. Find your daily happy things so you can be better for those around you!
The point is to “find your happy place”. I believe that a vision board is a great way to do this. If we’re just robots who go to work everyday and then go home, what quality of life is that? Same $hit, different pile, So dream a little dream for me since I haven’t had too many dreams lately. Say, for instance, you’re sitting in one of those boring weekly meetings that is, of course, after lunch so you want to take a nap anyway, you need something to fantasize about, whether it’s a scheduled mental health day or a trip to France.
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**Please feel free to share your “happy places”, what you do on mental health days, and anything else you have been doing while in quarantine!