If you’ve lost motivation to work, are feeling less productive, or find yourself worrying, feeling anxious, or stressed — you might need to take a mental health day (or a couple of days).
Just like taking a sick day when our bodies are under the weather, taking a mental health break allows for some time to rest our mental well-being.
Here are some ways you can recharge your batteries in TBAY.
🌱 Get some fresh air
Go for a walk around Old Southeast by Lassing Park or take a personal canoe journey through the Hillsborough River at Lettuce Lake Park — rent your vessel here. Or fully immerse yourself in nature on a paddle board expedition around Pass-A-Grille, using PADL’s vessel vending machine. And to get as far away as you can from it all and get a change in perspective — hike Cockroach Bay Preserve’s rocky mound for a far-out view of the Tampa skyline.
Not looking to do something active? We hear you. Grab a book, get a Cali Burrito at Red Mesa Mercado (1100 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg) and have a picnic at the always beautiful Vinoy and North Shore Park Beach for the sunrise or sunset. Pro tip: while you’re there, keep track of your emotions on the How We Feel app’s digital calendar.
🎨 Do something creative
One way to decompress is by seeking new creative inspiration or trying something new. Check out some of the music-making workshops at School of Rock, or sign up for a painting class at Painting with a Twist (the twist is alcohol, but you don’t have to partake if you don’t want to). Both have locations around Tampa and St. Pete.
🏋️ Get in a workout
It can be difficult to fit in active time during the work week, so taking some time to get your body moving can be a great way to utilize time during your mental health day. If you’re looking to really break a sweat, try out a spin class at CycleBar Hyde Park. Yoga is also a great option — try HOTWORX (2208 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa) or The Collective (327 11th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Suite 201).
Whatever you choose, it’s important to work on your breathing. Take a moment to inhale through your nose and out through your mouth. The five senses method of coping with anxiety is a valuable tool as well.
Looking for additional information, resources, or tools to help navigate with and learn about mental health? Check out these mental health resources around Hillsborough and Pinellas.