Yoga by the Sea

The Top 5 Ways I Routinely Take A Mental Health Break

We all have those days when we feel burned out, tired, and at our wit’s end. If this happens during the workday, our tendency is to try and power through it. But what I find is that when we habitually push feelings of overwhelm and burnout to the side, we're not helping the situation.


Don't get me wrong. Sometimes, the healthy thing to do is to power through these feelings. But when you know yourself as I do, you begin to know when today is not the day when powering through is going to make things (and you) feel better.


So, when it’s clear that I’m just pushing paper around, getting little done, and risk feeling crappier than usual at the end of the day, I take a mental health break by walking away. Yep! I skip work.


These are my top five!

1. Dancing


You’ve probably heard the phrase, dance like nobody’s watching. Well, let’s just say I really take this advice to heart. With a couple of glasses of wine (because one glass won’t do) and a 2-hour playlist, I just go for it. Unless the house is burning down or my neighbors complain about the noise, I will work up a sweat dancing to hip-hop or EDM ignoring all dings and phone notifications completely. I really do get lost in the music. When I’m done doing this, I feel nice and tingly, and sometimes euphoric.

 

2. Shopping at Home Goods


I usually go to Home Goods on a mission — to pick up new bedding or something in kitchenware or storage that I need. But when I need to use Home Goods as my escape, I have time to visit our sections of the store and spend a leisurely 3 hours checking out things I don’t need. On these trips, a stash of healthy snacks will make it home with me where I return feeling Irie.

 

3. Altadena Public Library


This is one of the most special libraries I’ve ever seen! So the fact that before COVID, I could just go here to clear my head makes me genuinely grateful. The library is located in an area of San Gabriel Valley, California, which to me, feels like it was kissed by God. Altadena is at the foothills of great beautiful mountains and is packed with trees. 


Set in the middle of all that is this library that fills me with joy just to walk into it. Picture floor-to-ceiling glass walls with an expansive view of the outside, a periodical section that carries Dwell and The Oprah Magazine, and comfy reading areas decorated with mid-century furniture.


But that is only the beginning. The library carries an impressive list o