Ocean View, Mental Health
Vacation is a great time to relax, clear your mind, have some time to be alone with your thoughts, and check in with your self of how you are actually doing.
Mental health is SO important. When someone says: I have depression. Many people react by saying "oh, its just in your head - drop it." Think about it. If someone came to you saying: I broke my elbow. Would you say: "Oh, its just in your arm - drop it." ... Exactly
Mental health should not be just a topic of conversation when it gets to the point that we feel we need professional help (which is btw not at all a shameful thing to admit. In fact, it is brave.)
I am a big proponent of every week taking at least an hour out of my schedule to check in with myself and ask: How are you? No, really - not how is the last assignment doing, not how is the Joinstar marketing doing, not how are the two presentations (always due yesterday) are doing, but... how am I doing? Should I maybe skip the 5:30 am conference call and get an extra hour of sleep, since my team will do great without me and I will be more productive (and in much better mood ;) ) when I get to the office? Should I maybe get drinks with my college friends, instead of rereading my article for the 50th time?
Yes, I probably should. And so should you guys. Yes, work, commitments, deadlines are all very important - but no more important that the person keeping them all. You.
(Photos taken in: Not-New-York ;) = Tenerife ;) )