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I used to feel guilty for taking a day off or calling in sick

I feel like I’ve bee busier with work during the pandemic and lockdown these days. I don’t remember feeling like this pre-covid.

I’m still grateful for having a job that allows me to work from home but being in lockdown for basically a year has got me feeling some type of way. It’s weird because I know everyone is doing what they can to seem “normal” but deep down we are all antsy to get back to the way we used to live our lives.

In some ways, work has kept me busy and occupied while I wait for life to come back to normal.

However, as I manage my eczema, working on healing myself through nutrition and trying to adjust my lifestyle, it seems like the weekends are never enough time for me to rest up.

I wait for it all week and count down the days only for it to go by in a blink of an eye.

Pre-Covid, I would usually save up my vacation days to take off a week or two in its entirety. I would rarely take a single day off here or there. It felt like it was a waste of a day. I would also save up my sick days, to take it off when I “really” needed it. But I would also push myself and drag myself into work.

Before you know it, it’s almost the end of the year and you have a few sick days left that you still need to use. You may even feel guilty for pre-planning when you are going to call in sick just for the sake of using it.

Even the days I called in sick because I actually needed too, it didn’t feel as peaceful as I’d hoped because I knew there would be work waiting for me the next day. It just never felt good to take a day off or call in sick because I felt like it was never enough time and I felt like I’d be even more behind.

However, lately I haven’t been feeling guilty about using my time off. I’ve told myself, work will always be there whether I take time off or not. If I call in sick, it’s not the end of the world. My colleagues can cover for me and my clients would understand.

If anything, it was me who I needed to convince that it was completely fine to take off a day here or there (instead of just saving it up for a vacation or staycation) or calling in sick.

Whether you are dealing with an eczema flare, topical steroid withdrawal symptoms or anything for that matter, remember to take some days off or use that sick day because it can do wonders for your mental and physical health.

The feeling I had of NOT setting an alarm clock on Thursday night was pure joy.

The thought of knowing that I could do whatever I wanted with my day and plan it how I wanted to made me feel even better.

Whether you love your job or not, I think the important part is to have the mindset that you deserve the time off to rest up and come back to work energized.

If you drag your feet into work everyday, you won’t be as productive or happy doing the work.

You’ll just be waiting for the next holiday.

This type of thinking and mindset is just going to perpetuate your existing health conditions and just make you feel worse.

So if you are looking for a sign to take a day off or two, or debating about calling in sick tomorrow, just remember…you deserve it!


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