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22 November 2009 @ 12:39 pm
Seeing Sideways: Assignment Ilostcountbecauseit'salmostbreakanddon'tcareaboutnumbersanymore  
So, this week we are supposed to make up a holiday. I quite like this idea, as who doesn't like holidays? You get the excuse to take a load off, eat lots of food, see people you (hopefully) like, and sometimes even get and receive gifts. We need more holidays, I feel. And not necessarily ones where we are expected to give gifts, like the greeting card companies seem to enjoy fabricating. Just a time to be with people we love, eat things we love, and generally be groovy and mellow.

Good lord I sound like a hippie who enjoys his reefer. Anyway.

My holiday isn't one I've made up necessarily, but it is one that I feel more people should recognize exists. My holiday is the Mental Health Day.

Mental Health Day can be any day or series of days during the year. It generally occurrs when one is too stressed or overworked to deal with the rest of the world. Typical customs for celebrating this holiday include (at least for me) catching up on sleep, catching up on homework, eating comfort food, playing video games, sewing, catching up on housework, writing, reading, and watching TV and/or movies.

Mental Health Day can be celebrated in numerous ways, and it is possible that it knows no cultural bounds. Everyone needs a day off from the rest of the world sometimes.

So the next time you're tearing your hair out due to stress, take a step back and schedule yourself a Mental Health Day. Curl up on the couch with your favorite munchies and the TV remote easily in reach, and tell the world to go fuck itself for the day. Or if you're extra lucky and have some vacation time saved up, tell the world to fuck itself for multiple days! Don't check your email, don't answer the phone, forget about venturing outside to check the mail. Though do make sure you still take care of your pets, as they are part of YOUR world, not the rest of the world.

Happy Mental Health Day!
lamentingfox on November 22nd, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
I also believe there is such a thing as a mini-holiday. This would be, in this case, a Mental Health Hour. This is where you blow off everything you should be doing in favor of the things you'd rather be doing, but not for as long as you would for a full Mental Health Day. ^_^
ardent_firesongardent_firesong on November 22nd, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
I concur ^_^
Jesse Dollardefixione on November 22nd, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
See, I'm kind of afraid to do that with any future job, because I still think taking a mental health day was what made the final decision to axe me, even though they say it was for budgetary reasons.
ardent_firesongardent_firesong on November 23rd, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
*shrug* I don't know. What proof do they have that you didn't maybe have a bad reaction from something you ate, or maybe had really stuffy sinuses to the point you thought you had a cold, but that it was actually a lasting allergic reaction to one of your friends' many cats and it went away while you were at home? There are a million and one reasons for people to miss only one day of work at a time, and frankly, it isn't their business what you did on the day you weren't there. Since I know you worked your ass off for those ungreatful bastards, if they chose to fire you because they thought you were being lazy, that's their loss.

If you have to give an excuse, so long as you don't do it A LOT, "I have a doctor's appointment" works nicely.