Is your work cool about it?
I usually bump a little Dr. Dre in the parking lot. It gets me psyched up.i try to sort myself out mentally on the way to work, or at the latest, in the parking lot. kicking trees, sprinting across the parking lot for no reason - the usual stuff. once i am inside the building, it's "better be sorted out and ready to work time" whether i am ready or not.
i am sitting at my work desk now typing this, but i was in the car a few minutes ago listening to some Gregorian chant to sort it out. did not work as well as i hoped but it was very pleasant music.
Exactly the same here. It usually happens 3 or 4 times a year. I wake up and immediately know I won't be able to make it to the office. :susI've never thought of it as a 'mental health' day, but it is definetely what I have whenever I call in sick. I am barely ever physically sick, but I call in sick on days when my SA is at its top. I really need those days alone at home to recharge and get rid of the daily tension. It keeps me sane as well.
My colleagues or bosses have no idea so I usually have to come up with the 'I have a cold/upset stomach/headache' excuse. (which is all true in my kind of way)