“What a magical thing is the bed, and what a vulnerable, innocent creature is the sleeping human – the human who never looks more truthful or pitiful or benign; the curled-up, childlike dreaming soul who has for a few hours become an angel adrift.” -Michael Leunig Good Afternoon Readers, Saturday is always a shit day. If you’re like me and live with chronic pain while working a typical nine-to-five, then you know your first day off work makes you feel like a trainwreck. This decompression period is what happens after a week of significant exertion and limited resources. My energy levels crash, my joints flare, my sleep suffers, and there is nausea and headaches to boot. The truth is, I am too busy trying to figure out how to do the grocery shopping to grab Starbucks with you. Age discrimination is a very real thing. I cant tell you how many times I’ve been told that I don’t know what pain is because I’m only 29. However, I can tell you that I’ve been so stricken by pain that the inability to move brings me to tears from frustration alone. (If you’re reading this and you’re an ignoramus, please think before you speak.) When people ask me what I’m doing this weekend and I say, “Nothing” they rear backwards in their chair with snarky comments and wrinkled up noses. For some, a day in bed is a day wasted. For me, a day in bed relieves the pain and exhaustion I have no descriptors for. I require at least one day a week with zero obligation if I am to continue successfully. Part of it is legitimate introversion, but most of it is a need for rest significant enough to cope with chronic pain and mental illness. I usually spend Saturday’s crawling around my apartment with poor posture and breathing exercises attempting to glean whatever relief I can from bubble baths, ibuprofen and intermittent stretching sessions. I read somewhere that a diagnosis can come with the cost of the inability to be anything else, hence the ill timed expression, high-functioning. The truth is, a day in bed is not a lazy desire, but a dire necessity when relating mental health maladies to life performance. When was the last time you spent a day in bed? **If you’re a mental health survivor or mental health provider and want to tell your story – please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!** For more excellent insight and entertainment through a collaborative approach to all things mental health, including a guest post from yours truly, visit the Blunt Therapy Blog by Randy Withers, LPC! For additional perspectives on suicide prevention from master level mental health providers visit, 20 Professional Therapists Share Their Thoughts on Suicide! In collaboration with Luis Posso, an Outreach Specialist from DrugRehab.com, Deskraven is now offering guides on depression and suicide prevention to its readers. For more information on understanding the perils of addiction visit, Substance Abuse and Suicide: A Guide to Understanding the Connection and Reducing Risk! In addition, for a comprehensive depression resource guide from their sister project at Columbus Recovery Center visit, Dealing with Depression!