Took a personal day off work.. Anyone else take a day off they dont really need?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
358 posts
Helper bee

Hell yeah. Mental health days are important! 

Post # 3
4055 posts
Honey bee

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Kslim13 :  I have several days where I feel this way 😂 I’m a supervisor and some days I literally cannot get anything done between questions, meetings, HR issues, conference calls, etc. I’m not really one to call out unless I’m sick or my kid is sick though, I always end up feeling bad lol. 

I’m sorry you had a rough day at work on Sunday! Hopefully Thursday is better!

ETA – I have recently been trying to take off 1 day a month (prescheduled) to do nothing other than relax. I literally had gotten to the point where I maxed out on accruing more PTO hours 😐 

Post # 4
13889 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I definitely take mental health days, but I try to schedule them in advanced so it doesn’t disadvantage my team.  I think mental health days or personal days are important, but I also try to balance how that affects everyone else I work with. 

Post # 5
1991 posts
Buzzing bee

i took a sick day today just to hang out with my dog and watch TV. I think mental health days totally are legit uses of sick days!! 

Post # 6
785 posts
Busy bee

fuck yes i’ve taken a personal day 

Post # 8
1644 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2021 - Glacier National Park-Montana

SO and Intake off random Thursday’s and spend them sleeping late, going to breakfast and relaxing all day.  Prescheduled. Glad to see I’m not the only nerd who schedules mental health days.

Post # 9
287 posts
Helper bee

I never get sick (knock on wood) but I’m not just going to let those sick days go so I use them to play hookie. Sometimes I lay around at home, sometimes I run errands (but leisurely, at my own pace), sometimes I do something touristy in my city. I firmly believe these days are value added. They give me a small treat to look forward to and I come back to work refreshed. It’s amazing what just one day off can do for your vibe.


I’m candid with my boss about it and he gets a kick out of me telling him “Hey, I’m going to be ‘sick’ next Wednesday.” But I have worked at places where you better be dying if you take a day off. So glad to be out of that crap…

Post # 10
3587 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Absolutely I do. In my experience, when I’m under extreme stress I’m doomed to get sick. So I can either take a mental health day and set myself up for success, or I can let myself get worn down until my sick days are wasted actually being sick. I’d rather use them ahead of time to hang out with my dog and have fun. Sometimes my husband and I plan them together, so we can lounge around watching tv on a Thursday.

Post # 11
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

Of course! Your Sunday sounded horrible and I would have taken the Monday off too. You’re more important than work.

Post # 12
1331 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I do this fairly regularly (1-2 times per month), and my boss actually supports it. If I don’t preschedule it, I make sure it’s on a day where I don’t have any appointments or meetings scheduled.

Post # 13
11525 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I sometimes would love to take a day off when I feel like I need a break or a preventive sick day if I feel as if I’m getting run down. I work for a small company, and we get fewer than two calendar weeks of PTO a year. Every year that I’ve worked here, I’ve had to take at least three of those days as sick days, since we don’t have a separate allotment of time for sick leave. 

This is the first job I’ve ever had where there was PTO instead of separately allocated sick, personal, and vacation time. Because I want to reserve days off for vacation and special events later in the year, and I have already had to use some of my days for illness and injury this year, I don’t really feel as if I can just take a day off when I think I would benefit from it.

Still, I know that there are many people who get NO paid time off at all — for vacation, sick or personal reasons. They just don’t get paid at all if they’re not working. I am very greatful that I do have PTO, even if I sometimes miss some of my former benefits packages.

Post # 14
782 posts
Busy bee

Personally I’ve never taken a personal day and vary rarely take a sick day or annual leave but I can understand how someone else might feel the need. 

Post # 15
4239 posts
Honey bee

I call them mental health days and I take one every few months. I almost never take an actual sick day so I feel alright about it. 

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