However, money isn't the only obstacle to a mental health break. 'Time out is a great solution!' said Mel Pledger, a coaching expert and founder of the personal development programme, DNA Light Up. 'The ability to kick back, relax, breathe, reconnect with what makes us feel good, enjoy nature, connect with friends and families... but how many of us can actually do that?
'First off, how many of us have the opportunity to take time out from a pressurised job? 'And secondly, even if we can take time out, how many of us feel so consumed with guilt about taking our foot off the gas, that we've forgotten how to enjoy ourselves and take the time to relax?'
Natalie, 30, believes that taking time off work could actually cause her more stress and is worried about how it would make her look to her superiors. She said: 'As much as I would value the odd day here and there to properly step away from the manic pace of work, I think I would definitely feel some guilt. 'I would worry that I would miss out on important developments or opportunities.
'There would also be a part of me that would worry that my bosses would think of it as a weakness. Like if I need to take these breaks, then maybe I'm not capable of taking on more responsibility. 'I always like to give the impression that I can go above and beyond and cope with any amount of stress - so a mental health sabbatical might make me feel more anxious. I think that means that the culture of work and expectations would have to change dramatically to make this work.'
She's not alone in these fears. According to a poll by the charity Time to Change, which was released in 2017, only 13% felt comfortable talking about mental health problems in the workplace. Comparatively, 36% would be open to discussing any physical health concerns. This figure is especially worrying when you consider that one in four people in the UK will suffer from mental health concerns in their lifetime. Alex Lichtenfeld, the founder of the business development agency Client Matters, believes that although short-term sabbaticals can be helpful, it's more important to look at the whole picture. If the reason for your stress or anxiety is specifically caused by something in the workplace, a break will not magically resolve the problems. More often than not, you'll simply fall back into this negative pattern when you return.