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Taking Mental Health Breaks

I felt compelled to write a blog about this topic, in light of recent developments within the Olympics. It’s always been an important topic to me, but even more so now. So, I’m addressing my thoughts on the importance of knowing when to take a break in this week’s blog.

For anyone who missed the news, gymnast Simone Biles pulled out of the all-around and individual team finals at the Olympics this week due to a mental health issue. While the vast majority of people supported and praised her for knowing when to take a break, others were sending nasty comments like “We don’t get to quit” or “You’re at the Olympics, give me a break!” But, I want to share how powerful this moment was for those of us who also struggle with mental illness.

Especially as women, we’re expected to push through things. We’ve been trained to be people pleasers, and to put others needs before our own. I know there are times when I should’ve taken a break, because mentally and emotionally, I was just so exhausted. But, I didn’t think that was okay. I thought I’d be seen as a weaker person if I did. However, Simone Biles showed us it’s just the opposite; having the grace, courage and humility to take a step back is something we should all learn how to do.

It’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to take breaks when you need them. Nothing is worth sacrificing your own mental health for. We only have one body, and we need to take care of it both physically, and mentally. So, whether this means getting help in the form of therapy or medication, calling a friend, or simply taking the day off, do it without feeling guilty. Mental illness is a very serious thing, no matter where on the scale you sit. Let’s all be extra kind to one another, shall we?

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