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How to Take a Mental Health Day

Elder Care in Fox Chapel PA

If you’ve ever heard the expression “mental health day,” you may have wondered just what that entails. Mental health days are different for everyone, but they’re overall a way for you to back awayElder-Care-in-Fox-Chapel-PA from the things in your regular daily schedule that are causing you stress. Having a different routine for just one day can be exactly what you need in order to relax and refresh yourself so that you’re able to be there for the people that you love.

Listen to Your Emotions and to Your Body

Sometimes it isn’t easy to know when you should be taking a mental health day. The best way to know that it’s time to work one into your schedule is to listen to your body and your emotions. If you’re feeling extremely stressed or your body seems to have more complaints than usual, a mental health day is a good idea.

Be Generous with Yourself

Often family caregivers are hesitant to take a full day to relax and to recharge themselves. Chances are that you are extremely busy between caring for your elderly loved one, managing your home and family, and taking care of any other obligations, such as your career. At that point, taking a mental health day isn’t as much about taking a break as it is giving yourself the essential space that you need to be able to be there for everyone else in your life.

Don’t Overschedule Yourself

When you finally do take a mental health day, roll with the punches. Some people think that it’s a good idea to schedule in all the things they’ve wanted to do, but having too much of a schedule can keep you feeling like you’re following a set schedule. Try to relax and just do what you feel like doing instead of what you think you should be doing.

Make Mental Health Days a Regular Part of Your Life

If you can make mental health days a regular part of your schedule, do it. This isn’t an easy task for everyone to do, of course. Having access to additional help, such as elder care providers or other family members can make a huge difference. When you’re able to focus on your own health and well-being, you’re able to be a more present family caregiver for your loved one.

Once you start taking regular mental health days, you may be surprised how effective they are.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care services in Fox Chapel, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Liken Home Care.  Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551

Robert D. Liken CPC, CTS, President

President Liken Home Care at Liken Home Care
Graduate of Penn State University, 1970

Business Administration / Accounting Major

Has been in the staffing business since 1970.The original company LIKEN SERVICES, INC. was a general service staffing company specializing in the administrative, clerical, secretarial all office support staff positions (both temporary and direct hire) with 14 branch offices in and around W. PA and Upstate NY.As a division of that company, LIKEN HEALTH CARE, INC. was started in 1974 as a medical staffing company that staffed hospitals and other health care facilities.In 1976,we began to “follow the patients home” and at that point we started providing private duty home care. In 1995, the general staffing company was sold to a national, public company, and the health care staffing company was retained. Since 1995, we have concentrated our efforts in the health care marketplace.

Due to the aging baby boomers and the fact people are just living longer, in the late 90’s we refocused the company and today Liken specializesin providing private duty assisted living to those who need help to remain at home.A valuable service that allows an individual to remain independent in their homes for a much longer period of time as well as maintain a high level of quality of life.

Today, we specialize in providing private duty home care (Liken Home Care) to the elderly, the recovering ill, and the disabled in all of Western Pa.

In addition, Robert isCPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) and a CTS (Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist); professional designations of the National Association of Personnel Services.

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