Mental Health Monday–Practicing Good Mental Health

So, I’ve worked 24 out of the past 26 days and let me tell you, I’m bushed!

Not only am I juggling multiple roles within my job, I’m also trying to juggle writing, querying, blogging, reading, and renovating my house. I can manage this burst of activity for a few weeks, sure, but after almost 2 months of this breakneck pace, I’m getting stressed out.

I’m not saying this to garner sympathy. I’m pointing out that it’s important to identify your limits and learn how to pace yourself so you don’t burn the candle at both ends and end up burned out.

In fact, I’ve had several lengthy discussions about this with my team (a psychologist, social worker, resident physician, and admin assistant–all people who I consider dear friends) this past week. We all came to the same conclusion:

Yeah, our job gets ridiculous at times, but thank goodness we have each other to get through it!

And:

Man, we need to figure out how to strike a balance so we don’t “lose it.” 

I’m sure we’re not the only ones experiencing this problem. So, what do we do about it? Well, for starters, we need to think of things to do to take care of ourselves.

Here’s some ideas:

  • Read
  • Write
  • Sleep
  • Take a walk
  • Play with the kitties
  • Exercise
  • Get therapy
  • Go shopping
  • Take a day off
  • Get a massage
  • Watch a movie
  • Laugh

What do you do to take care of yourself?

Check out Lydia’s Medical Monday post and Sarah Fine’s The Strangest Situation. As always, these posts are for writing purposes only and are NOT to be construed as medical advice or treatment.

Be sure to drop a note (comment) if you have a mental health question you’d like answered!

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