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Why A Mental Health Break Is Good For You

You don’t have to feel guilty for taking care of your mental health.

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Why should I take a mental health break?

I know the phrase “mental health break” may seem like you have to wait until you reach your limit, but you should actually take breaks before you reach that point.

It's essential to perceive yourself and your health as a system where mind, body, and soul communicate.

A mental health break brings many benefits:

- New energy for challenging tasks

- A change of attitude/perspective

- Decreased brain fog and increased focus/attention

- Overall increased in mental and physical health

It took me a long time to understand this, and now that I know it, I can't stress this enough: your mental health matters—a lot.

Your body and mind communicate, and when something within you is off (either in your body or in your psyche), they will let you know.

What does a mental health break involve?

A mental health break involves stepping back from activities that may be causing you stress. I’m not telling you to skip studying for next week's assignment, I’m merely telling you to avoid things that are not necessary or provide you with extra stress.

It's okay if you feel too tired to hang out with friends. It's also okay if you need a break from social media. I know it seems impossible, but some days without Instagram or Snapchat (or minimal consumption) can even improve your sleep quality!

My secret trick to decrease my social media presence is changing my main menu icons. I put Instagram and all the other social apps into a folder on my menu's second page. By not seeing them every day on the front page of my screen, my consumption decreases massively.