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Digital Subscriptions > Psychologies > No. 133 Be Successful And Happy > Take a day off from your life

Take a day off from your life

Feeling overwhelmed and fit to drop? Maybe you need to ‘pull a sickie’ to save your sanity, says Heidi Scrimgeour

Duvet day, personal day, mental health day… call it what you like, we all need one from time to time. But, while the value of taking the occasional sickie from work is well-documented, what about when you feel like taking the day off from your whole life?

If you have ever had that ‘stop the world, I want to get off’ feeling, you’ll recognise where I was just a couple of years ago. Looking after young children and managing my own business was a juggling act that left me feeling I was running at a standstill.

Elbow-deep in dirty dishes and battered by the noise of squabbling siblings, I wanted to walk out and leave everything that clamoured for my attention to someone else. So I did.

But, what began as a desperate, one-off measure has since evolved into a ritual; I take a regular day off from life and that keeps me sane.

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