“I’m going to take the next 10 weeks off.” It had finally gotten to that point. I’d felt so guilty about taking any time off work (during the middle of a lockdown- are you kidding?!) but my health was finally starting to get in the way.
It had started simply enough. I’d been stressed– who hadn’t- with my study plans being derailed left right and centre from the pandemic (that subject I wanted to do? It doesn’t exist, and nor doesn’t its back up!), as well as the looming threat of lockdown with the new delta variant. Like most people, when I get stressed, I stop looking after myself– I couldn’t sleep because of all the thoughts running through my head and I was keyed up all the time.
I had been seeing a therapist for a while to help me cope, but it wasn’t helping me enough.
Luckily I have an amazing support base at work and home who all said what I didn’t want to hear: “TAKE SOME TIME OFF!”
With a little bit of planning, I had the next ten weeks off.
If you’re ever feeling the long term effects of the world in general, and you’re lucky enough to be in a position to take a chunk of time off, I highly recommend you do the same thing!
Signs that you need some time off:
You’re always tired and irritable
You’re getting sick often
Even after a full night’s rest, you feel exhausted
Not sleeping enough at night/taking a long time to “switch off” to fall asleep
Your eating patterns have changed in an unhealthy way- you’re either over eating, or under eating
You daydream about escaping from work/study/responsibilities regularly
You dread the next day
You feel keyed up/anxious/hopeless most of the time, or all of the time