Letter to the Editor | Mental health days provide essential rejuvenation

By Julia Gold

What does “taking a mental health day” really mean during a pandemic? Our mental health has been tested many times over the past year. Many people around the world are affected mentally, physically and emotionally by COVID-19. Likewise, school found a new place in our homes, and everyone discovered a newfound love for their couch.

We soon realized that living with our immediate families drove us crazy at times, but we were grateful that we were safe and healthy.

When we think about self-care, are there specific ideas that come to mind? Or are we so consumed with all of our responsibilities that we forget to put ourselves first sometimes? I believe that the pandemic did show us how we do need to take care of ourselves more than we think. If you’re not in the right headspace to do something, it’s so hard to force yourself to do it. There are times when we need more than just a day to look at what we’re going through. It’s so important to have those go-to self-care tips for ourselves to get us back in a good headspace.

There have been many times where I’ve stared at my computer screen for too long. Our whole world is at the edge of our fingertips, and now we can add school to that list. It’s easy to forget how long we’re looking at screens, one of the many things that can add to our headaches.

We as people need that time to rejuvenate and recharge before taking on our days. I understand that it may be hard to find things that work, but it’s all about taking that first step. Whether it’s reading a chapter a day or dancing in front of your mirror to that new Rihanna song, it’s worth it. Putting yourself and your mental health first is always worth it. Taking that step to make sure you can be at your best, always.

Julia is a graduate student in Social Work.

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