You know that feeling you get at the end of a really long week, when you just want to curl up in bed and sleep for 16 hours? Well, when that feeling doesn't go away by Monday morning (or longer!) it's called "burnout." It's a perfect storm of physical exhaustion, mental fatigue, and emotional upheaval caused by stress and overactivity. It ain't pretty! And when two-thirds of American adults report having high levels of stress, anxiety, and fatigue, it's time for a serious intervention.
We've been conditioned to accept the fast pace of modern life, with its heavy workload, hyper-communication and ever-present devices that keep us hooked in and worn out. But keeping all those balls in the air takes its toll, in the form of chronic diseases that pop up when you don't take care of yourself. Depression, digestive problems, autoimmune conditions, the big C…all linked to stress and burnout! Luckily, if you feel like you're headed down that road, there's time to pull over and reroute. Welcome to your own personal Mental Health Day. A properly designed day off can work wonders for your body, mind, and spirit. Don't wait until it's too late—use this roadmap to create your plan of in-action, restore your sanity, and nourish yourself for the path ahead.