Staying mentally healthy is incredibly important, but do you think your boss will let you do this at work?

Health is a short word that means a LOT of different things. We generally associate the word with foods and movement... there's a lot of talk about diet and exercise in the 'health world,' but more and more mental health is being included in the giant health bubble.

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And it should be! The older I get (and I'm guessing the older you get...) I realize how much my thoughts are impacting everything I do, and without honing in on those thoughts and working to keep my mental health in check, my physical health doesn't stand a chance.

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Neither does anyone in the room with me if I'm a total jerk, crab or sad version of myself.

So what helps keep you mentally healthy?

My top two mental health helpers are working out and spending time with my nieces and nephews. I know that an hour or more of either of those will make me much happier and also put me in a better mindset to tackle things I'd rather not think about.

But, maybe for you, it's a middle of the day nap that helps?

You should totally tell your boss.

Don't take that advice from me, but instead from Jeanette Towns from the Illinois chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

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Jeanette and her co-worker Danielle stopped by Good Day Stateline last week with their mental health tips including telling your boss you need to go home and take a nap.

If that's what you need to get the job done, get to it. Get your nap on in the middle of the day, just be sure to turn 97ZOK on while you're driving back to work.

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