Statistically, in the UK, the first Monday in February is the day most likely for employees to call in sick – and has subsequently been coined ‘National Sickie Day.’
One of the reasons is the first payday since Christmas, “meaning people have been out celebrating all weekend with a particularly heavy one”.
Since physical illness is a much more socially acceptable reason for taking the day off work, many people use this as a reason instead of telling their boss that they are struggling with mental health issues. But taking a mental health day certainly is an acceptable reason to call off from work.
Many people find that taking one day of sick leave for stress or mental health can save a great deal of sick time that might be taken later in the year if those pressures build into something worse. So don’t be afraid to call off work every now and then. Especially on National Sickie Day!
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