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    I definitely need to get her different food. JCU thanks for the suggestion

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      I hope it helps!

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        Sending good vibes to Chelsea - I hope she is able to regain some weight soon!

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          Nothing interesting, I just needed to get it out.
          I took a sick day and I feel horrible for doing that. I mean I feel bad physically but not because of a bug or anything so it's like, what the hack am I doing? I feel sick from the thought of answering phone calls and I feel bad that I feel bad about it. I also need to get personal things done and I'm not doing them because I feel bad about work... if anyone ever wondered how avoidance makes anxiety worse, this is it. And it all started because I was going to be a few minutes late... "on top of everything else" . I can't stand myself when I'm like this

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            I hope you're able to be kind to yourself today, GF. x Healing vibes for Chelsea too. Solidarity.



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              Thanks Matan Colin I looked up one of Fremen 's quote sources - Stephen R. Covey actually, went on Wikipedia to read a bit more, just to get myself into an unaccusatory state of mind. It took about an hour and I hope to get some things done. My main problem is that I feel bad that can't do as much work as everyone else and I'm really scared of the phone calls, but mostly because they get in the way of other work, which, again, doesn't seem to effect everyone else - I also read it's a form of imposter syndrome but paste that thing on anything now days... I'll go back to the first quadrant - Urgent and Important and hopefully get enough work done to restore my confidence in restoring my credibility (or something)

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                The circle of avoidance and anxiety is hard, but finding things to get yourself into a different mindset is a good way to combat it.

                I hope Chelsea will get better soon!

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                  When I was practicing Aikido I had learned that the best way to keep balance was to always move

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                    True Fremen but sometimes angry emails are thrown right at you...

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                      From a person struggling with chronic mental health issues: Bad mental health days (anxiety, depression etc.) are sick days. You can't work with a stomach ache or a headache, and you can't work with spiraling anxiety. Don't feel bad about it, ever. I have even gotten over the fact that it's strange to take sick days for mental health, and then do a workout or go for a run or walk. That's what I need to do for my depression to get better, while for a stomach ache to get better, I need to stay in bed and drink tea.

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                        Thanks sleep_twitch I really appreciate this.
                        And thanks Fremen and Rissa it helps to even read your comments, not to mention they are very helpful. I feel like I haven't highlighted that enough.

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                          There should be more sick days to cover mental health days I think.

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                            Originally posted by CaptainCanuck View Post
                            There should be more sick days to cover mental health days I think.
                            I don't think we have that here. Some companies do it privately but it's not like "sick days" that are ancrod in laws.

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                              Most places that I have seen, even the progressive ones, just include them in the total for the sick days. I think over the course of a career, even a short one, that employers would get more out of productive happier employees, but it unfortunately is not how most businesses think.

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                                Gandhalfit it is perfectly fine, understandable, useful, etc to take mental health days as sick days. Your mental health affects your ability to work. As everyone else has said: no guilt. Just take care of yourself, because no one else will do it. I took them more often than I care to admit for very similar โ€œsymptomsโ€ as you describe: anxiety, avoidance, depression. It was helpful to have time alone to do SOMETHING ELSE. Then, later, I learned over years of watching my husb work tirelessly WITHOUT ever taking a mental health day, no one is ever gonna give out โ€œbrownie buttonsโ€ for tireless effort. They just donโ€™t give that much of a shit about how you feel about your job. Itโ€™s only you taking care of you. So take care of you. Hugs to you.๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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