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Recharge Day / Mental Health Day

It's okay to take a break sometimes. It's actually one of the smartest things you can do for your career.

It’s a great day in NYC to take a recharge day.

I work for a high growth tech company headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. I’ve been at this company for three months after transitioning from a healthcare tech startup based in NY. Many startups have amazing benefits. My first company did and so does the one I’m with now. I have a $2,000 travel stipend, gym/wellness reimbursements, unlimited PTO, and my personal favorite– the recharge day.

For those of you who are in sales, you know it can be a demanding job. Meeting quotas, setting meetings, talking to people who sometimes don’t want to talk to you… PLUG— that’s why when you’re calling or emailing someone you should always have a reason! It’ll make your job much easier. People want to talk about themselves, they don’t care what you’re selling or calling about unless you make it about them. So if you don’t have a reason to reach out, then don’t because you’re wasting your time & theirs.

Back to sales careers being demanding— Any job can be demanding and have different stressors. I have a flexible workday because I plan almost the entire day myself, while other jobs are mapped out hour by hour. For sales, you have to be a self starter, take initiative, and definitely don’t wait for someone to tell you to do something because then you’re 5 steps behind.

Work can get demanding, stressful, and repetitive. You wake up and go to the same place 5x/ week for 45-100 hours, which is why I fully support company’s that offer a mental health day 1x/month. It shows that they understand that work can be demanding, stressful, and repetitive and it’s okay to step back and take care of yourself on a random Thursday. Go run errands, go to the gym after 8am, take a walk in Central Park, watch Netflix, read a book, call your mom, blast Spotify. Just do things that make you feel calm and happy.

If your calendar allows for you to take a recharge day, you’re not putting another person out by not being there, and your company’s policy allows it, then you should take advantage of that day. I’ve taken 2 mental health days, one in February and one in March. I always wait until the last week of the month to ensure I’ve met quota. For some people it might work better for them earlier in the month if they’re struggling hitting quota and need a refresh. But I operate via a mental and paper-based “To-do List” so this is how I work best. However, I still feel guilty and “not worthy” of using the day when I decide to take one, but feeling bad about it is not necessary. You’ve earned them and deserve to use them. Plus, stepping back from the office and giving yourself a break for one “untraditional” day off can reap greater short-term gains. Better sense of well-being, increased focus, and prevent burnout to name a few.

These days are designed to help you be your best working self. You can’t be your best working self if other parts of your life aren’t working like you’d like. So it’s okay to take a break. It’s one of the smartest things you can do for your career. Also shows that you’re self-aware and “Self-awareness is important in every aspect of life because it means that you have a sound understanding of who you are as a person and how you relate to the world in which you live”.


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