I know it's completely okay to take a day off when you're feeling under the weather physically (cold, flu, strep, stomach bug, etc), but I have no idea whether it would be considered appropriate to ask for the day off because you're feeling under the weather mentally. For the past month, I've felt incredibly overwhelmed and I think it's been agitating my depression. Getting up and going to work in the morning has been so difficult. I'm a receptionist so it's my job to greet people with a friendly smile and attitude, but it can be challenging when I myself am not internally feeling positive or smiley. So I've felt exceptionally fatigued by things that are so seemingly simple and easy to do.
Has anyone asked for a mental health day? If so, what was your experience and how did you ask your boss? If not, would you?