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Mental Health Days

Hello -- I've been a sufferer of anxiety/depression for the past 5 years and so. I have definitely had my depressive episodes but at the most part can handle my anxiety/depression with the help of medication, therapy, and working through it. This week I've hit one of the worst depressive episodes I've had and I've found it very difficult to do my job and focus at work. I'm wondering if taking a few mental health days to somewhat lounge around and 'do nothing' would make me feel better? Have those of you who have bad depression found that this helps or makes you feel worse?

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I feel like it can go either way. It just depends on the kind of person you are.

For me, I will stay in bed for a few days and slowly work back up to where I was. For example, I was in bed since Sunday, but today I got up and went to my class. It’s just one simple thing, but it’s getting me back to my old self. Don’t get me wrong, I’m back in bed now that I’m home, but it’s the little victories.

I also recommend if you have friends that will just sit around with you and binge watch tv but understand that they don’t need to DO anything, definitely invite them over. Isolation when you feel this way is really dangerous.

I think you should try it. If you feel better sooner than you said you would be back, use that time to get some things done. Maybe hike or finish a project you started months ago, but stay busy.

Best of luck!

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