Sometimes You Need A Mental Health Day To Monkey Around
My mom was in town recently, and I tried to take several days off in order to spend time with her and my family. Unfortunately, my company found it difficult to grant me paid time off due to lack of coverage. Luckily I was able to get one of the days I requested off, and I was able to take my entire family, mom included to the zoo. It made me realize that sometimes you need a mental health day to monkey around.
While the zoo was great for my kids, who loved and literally wanted to take home all of the animals, it was good for me too. It is the end of the first quarter of year 2018 and I realized I had not taken a family vacation day off yet. I had take a few days, but it was for CSM and that was more work related and time away from my family. Sometimes you just need a Tuesday off in the middle of the week to avoid the dreaded “B” word (burnout).
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I have talked about avoiding burnout in any occupation before, because it is a real thing, but especially in healthcare. We give so much care to our patients, it is very easy to forget to care for our loved ones and ourselves at times. A random Tuesday off and a trip to the zoo can be very helpful in reconnecting and regrounding yourself.
ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY:
Take and use your paid time off. You’ve earned it. Try to put in for vacations and days off as early as possible to make sure you get approved. It will help break up the monotony of the daily 9-5, and it will help avoid burnout. It is actually one of my biggest tips in avoiding burnout. So if you aren’t fortunate enough to have a zoo near by, go for a staycation and grab lunch somewhere (like Snow’s BBQ…review coming on Foodie Friday blog post for that one).