Post # 1
I had a really rough sunday night at work, to the point that i almost walked out (i do work a high stress job as a cook in a sports bar) i did finish the shift but at that point everyone around me was aware at how pissed i was. I woke up the next morning and decided it just wasnt gonna happen, called out at like 6am and went back to bed. I did feel slightly guilty when i found out i called out during the ncaa college finals game, but considering the night i had before that regret lasted like 10 minutes….
My job has a call out policy in place, so my job isnt in jeopardy. And yes they wont be pleased with me when i go back on thursday but considering all that went down on Sunday they couldnt have been that surprised to be honest.
But yeah anyone else just have a day where they wake up and say “not today satan, not today…” and take a personal/mental day off? i want to hear your stories…
Post # 2
Hell yeah. Mental health days are important!
Post # 3
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
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
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
fuck yes i’ve taken a personal day
Post # 7
in all honesty if i would have remembered that it was the ncaa championship game that night, i probably would have very reluctantly dragged myself to work yesterday, but i honestly just didnt even think about it… oppss
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI
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
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
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
Of course! Your Sunday sounded horrible and I would have taken the Monday off too. You’re more important than work.
Post # 12
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
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
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
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.