“Nothing is worth your mental health.” – Unknown.
Working at home five days a week always was a dream of mine. I knew I wouldn’t miss the hectic commute, busy office, and time spent away from my family. When COVID-19 happened, I was grateful to have a job still and to be able to work from home. Finally, my dream came true! What I didn’t anticipate were the constant instant message pings, emails, and meetings. It took a toll on my mental health. The days started running together, and I began to feel burnt out. That’s when I knew I had to take a break. I had to completely step away from my job for a week to gain my sanity back.
Make a Plan
My supervisor may have felt like I sprung a week of leave on him, but that was not the case. I made a plan months prior. I knew we were going into a busy season, and I didn’t want to leave my team in limbo, so I planned to take time off after the busy season ended. I encourage you to make a plan, too, when life starts to get hectic. Make a plan and stick to it!
I must admit I felt guilty taking time off, especially during these busy and trying times with COVID-19. Your coworkers and supervisor may question you, but don’t waiver. I was committed to taking a break because my body yearned for it. Like me, you must put your mental health first! If you planned appropriately, then you shouldn’t feel ashamed about taking some time off.
Commitment is Key
Once you are ready to enjoy your time off, commit to it! You should completely unplug from your job and work on relaxing. That means you shouldn’t check emails, gossip about your job to your coworkers on the phone, or go to the office. Sleep in a bit longer, take a relaxing bath, read a book, or go for a nice scenic walk. Be at ease. You have earned it!
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