My first few mental health days were miserable failures. The first time, I answered emails, ran errands, and felt guilty for not working -- not really a relaxing or fun day! So if you are going to try it, then it’s important to do it right. No kids (if you have regular childcare), no errands, no emails, no phone calls. Make a list of wonderful things you would like to do: Sleep in, get some coffee, read some magazines, take a swim, get a massage, watch some movies.
While I'm still having a hard time taking a mental health day for myself, from a health standpoint, we absolutely deserve them! There is nothing better we can do for ourselves than to slow down and take some “me” time. This is especially true for people who have high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes. These conditions plus additional stress is a bad combination. Taking a mental health day when things get to be too much may be one of the best health promoting strategies you can do for yourself.