Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Day in my Life: Mental Health Day

As mentioned in my May Update, I took a mental health day on Wednesday. I was very defeated on Monday night after my rejection and then on Tuesday, everything that could go wrong went wrong. I even had my direct line manager tell me to redo something and "listen to calming music as you do it". Grr. On Tuesday night, I was actually convinced that I would take off Wed-Fri. Admittedly, it did cross my mind that I may as well take all 85hrs of my sick leave in one continuous go and fly to NZ. Ha.

After sending my email to my managers on Wednesday morning, I decided to use it as a day to disconnect from my phone and gain some perspective. The irony is that in my email, I stated that if there was anything urgent to call me but I then proceeded to turn off my phone.

Something that cheers me up a little is going for a walk and that is what I decided to do.

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I walked to Butter Cup for breakfast (this will be in another post) and I had a wonderful time there! Sometimes I do find it a little awkward to eat by myself. However I had brought my Kindle and the atmosphere was just so lovely and casual that I didn't feel any of that awkwardness. Except maybe when I was leaving and tripped over the chair. Whoops.

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I would like to mention that it isn't always sunny in Sydney. In fact, it was absolutely bucketing last weekend. Apparently we received the equivalent of one months' worth of rainfall in just that weekend.
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When I got back home, I ran myself a bath. A bath is a treat since I usually find it to be a waste of water and I actually get quite bored in the bath. Per usual, I ended up putting in far too much bubble bath liquid. It was really nice as I finished the rest of my novel (The Girl Who Wrote in Silk).

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I love this candle - smells like trees.

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After my bath, I showered and then headed to bed to watch some Youtube videos.

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And then proceeded to take a 4 hour nap! I am not one to take naps truth be told; I only take them when I am really physically sick. By the time I woke up, it was 4.30pm and I was completely refreshed ... and that is when I turned on my phone again (9hrs of being offline!) and dealt with all 30 unread emails. It was also at this point that I realised I couldn't take off Thursday / Friday as I had to sort out my work that was struggling. A quick summary of my work responsibilities - I work predominately in a business analyst capacity for projects, however I also am a project lead on some projects. Hence I had to deal with my struggling projects.

Effectively once I reconnected to my phone, my life restarted again. Admittedly it was very lovely and relaxing to be disconnected and I think it is something that I need to do more often.

P.S - I am positive that my manager knew that I was taking a mental health day.

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