Mental Health Moments

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We often hear people say they are “taking a mental health day” — usually meaning that they’re taking a day off work for their own good (one hopes).  I am having a day like that, sort of. I am taking an airplane to go to the east coast this evening, and as I often do a day before travelling (and yes, sometimes a day after), I stay away from work longer than is really warranted. Part of that has to do with the anxiety I get when I travel.  I worry about whether I have packed everything I will need. I worry about how long it will take to get to the airport and through security…those sorts of things. But I also use the time to feel grounded. To feel comfortable in my own skin before giving up my freedom of time, and freedom to even take a water bottle past the TSA. I will read a novel, or will play piano. This time I decided to write here. Sometimes I indulge in a food I would usually avoid. It’s like a personal holiday. I don’t take them often. But as a blogger friend of mind mentioned, it is not wrong or selfish to do things foroneself. In fact, it is necessary to take care of yourself if you are ever going to be any good for helping others. …which is why I am flying to the east coast, to help my wife clean out some of her mother’s things.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a few other things to attend to before leaving…

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About Cinnwriter

Scientist who enjoys writing fiction, but can hardly find the time for it.
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One Response to Mental Health Moments

  1. Rebecca says:

    I love traveling. I think maybe it’s because I DO use trips as mental health time. Interestingly, it’s not usually because there’s anything big. It’s just that things pile up. Have a good trip.

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