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How to Ask for a Mental Health Day at Work

Request the time you need to rest and recover without getting into details

An illustration of cartoon office workers sitting on their office desks and meditating at their workplace.
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AA few weeks ago, I felt — off. Not sick, exactly, but not like myself. I was unfocused. I was tired. I’d worked a series of six-day weeks, was drowning in emails, and couldn’t seem to muster up the motivation to do anything.

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Deanna Pai

Deanna Pai

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I’m a writer and editor in New York City. You can find my work in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, New York Magazine, and beyond.