Today is actually World Mental Health Day. This day is devoted to “enhancing treatment and promoting mental health.” Now I’m all for promoting my own mental health and the best way to do this is through retail therapy. It is a system that usually works for me. Now I know many experts would say this is not helpful due to the potential consequences of shopping, but shopping doesn’t always require buying. One can simply browse and use their imagination, or if they really find something that is perfect they can save towards a purchase in the future. It is important to maintain our own mental health.
I’ve been very busy over the past few weeks and just came to the realization that I’ve been gone from home more than I’ve been home in the past twenty days. This is probably not a good way to promote mental health. The stressors that we face every day can be daunting and when you factor in unforeseen events just about anyone can become overstressed. This is why I think it is time for me to take a mental health day for myself. If I don’t do any shopping I know I will at least be playing with jewelry. I love to try things on and mix and match pieces. Every little girl loves to play dress up and just because I’m grown up doesn’t mean I’ve changed.
The holiday season is right around the corner and for most retailers this becomes their busiest time of the year. There are no exceptions for on-line retailers and those who craft their own jewelry. While preparation is important to make things go smoothly taking some time off when you can is also important. I can see that soon I won’t have any time for myself and my work will become all consuming. This is a formula for bad mental health, particularly if I do not allow for some “me” time. It is a little scary to consider when I think about all the other factors in my life that are pulling me in different directions, away from my work.
Soon I will be coordinating designers and customers, purchases, returns and exchanges, packaging and shipping twelve or more hours per day. While I started preparation many months ago it always becomes frenzied and crazy regardless of the amount of planning I’ve done. So today is my mental health day to reassess and coordinate where I’m going and where I’ve been. I know that I will not be able to turn off all the demands for my time, which are many, but I will do my best to crave out time for myself. So take time for a cup of coffee, browse through a magazine or on-line and if anyone says anything tell them you are supporting World Mental Health Day with a moment of self-introspective.