At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15th, take a break.

Yup, whether it’s 15 minutes, an hour, or the rest of the day—we want you to press pause on work or your typical day-to-day and take time to do something restorative.

How?

Even if you only have a few minutes at 3 p.m. on May 15th, there are simple ways to take care of yourself:

  • Savor a cup of coffee.

  • Go for a quick walk outside.

  • Listen to a meditation in the Shine app. We even created a free meditation to help you kickstart your mental health break.

  • Start a dialogue with your co-workers or manager about the importance of mental health breaks. We got your talking points here.

Share with #NationalMentalHealthBreak.

Share how you’re spending your mental health break on social media. Why: Our survey showed that 33% of people would feel more comfortable taking a mental health day if they knew other people took mental breaks, too.

#NationalMentalHealthBreak is just the beginning.

Every day is an opportunity to prioritize your mental wellbeing.

When you take a break from your work, magic happens. Studies show that work stress is the main cause of stress for adults. But even just one mental health day can help curb against the pressures of work. Plus: It can help the 1 in 5 adults who will experience a mental illness in a given year take care of themselves.

By prioritizing your wellbeing, you’re able to show up and create a bigger impact for those on your team and those in your life outside of work. It’s a short-term break with long-term gain.

Make treating yourself better a habit with Shine.

The Shine app makes being kind to yourself part of your daily routine. Download the app to start each weekday with a motivational message and meditation, explore 300+ guided meditations to help you through moments of stress and burnout, log your gratitude daily, and so much more.

Sometimes taking a step back is what’s going to help you really propel forward.
— Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D.

If you’re struggling with your mental health, know that seeking help is a strength—not a weakness. If you or someone you care about needs help, text 741741 to talk with a crisis counselor at Crisis Text Line—it's free, confidential, and available at all hours.