If you’ve lost motivation to work, are feeling less productive, or find yourself worrying, feeling anxious, and stressed— you might need to take a mental health day.
Just like taking a sick day when our bodies are under the weather, taking a mental health day allows for a day of rest for our mental well-being.
Here are some ways you can recharge your batteries in Chattanooga.
Get some fresh air
Take advantage of the weather and go for a walk around the neighborhood, along the Tennessee Riverwalk, or at South Chick Creek Greenway. Fully immerse yourself in nature for a hike to Rainbow Lake or one of the many other trails in the area.
Not looking to do something active? Grab a book or some close friends and sit outside at one of the local parks. Get some food and have a picnic, we love grabbing takeout and heading to Coolidge Park.
Do something creative
Find something that inspires you or something you haven’t done before to experience creative freedom. Check out some of the craft classes or writing workshops at The Chattery, sign up for a painting class at Townsend Atelier, or take a pottery class at Scenic City Clay Arts.
Get in a workout
It can be difficult to fit in active time during the work week, so taking some time to get your body moving can be a great way to utilize time during your mental health day. If you’re looking to really break a sweat, try out at class at SPENGA. Yoga is also a great option — Southern Soul Yoga offers several kinds of classes.
Do self-care your way
If anyone knows what you need to recharge your battery, it’s yourself, so take the day to do whatever it is that brings you joy.
Editor Kristen spends a mental health day picking out a new book at The Book & Cover and adding to her houseplant collection at Signal Mountain Nursery.
Editor Brianna likes to start her day off by taking a walk outside to grab her morning coffee and a treat.
Looking for additional information or resources about mental health? This Saturday at Miller Park you can attend a Mental Health Fun Fair hosted by MySuspire —a local mental health organization that provides single, group, and family therapy — from 5-8 p.m. This is a safe and fun space for folks and families to explore resources free of cost.