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Need for some time off?

Thread starter #1
So I've been on sick leave from work for 3 weeks now and will be on sick leave for the next 2 weeks (maybe more). Since I work as a Sales Advisor and hurt my ankle, I can't go back to work until my ankle has healed.


Before I hurt my ankle, things at work got really stressful for me and my anxiety was really bad. I felt like I needed a time off and I knew that my next vacation would be in the end of December. So one evening after work and had a couple of drinks and we went outside to smoke. My friend had a great idea to jump over a bush and that's how I hurt my ankle. I guess I got what I wished for. 


So I've sat home, doing pretty much nothing for the past 3 weeks and I'm a lot calmer now. Even my friends noticed the difference. 


What about you? Do you think that having some time off would help you?
 
#2
Crazy how law of attraction works, right? That's why some people always tell you to be careful what you wish for. Anyway, taking some time off for yourself is always helpful if you're feeling miserable. If you can't do your job properly there's no point in trying to force yourself, take a few days/weeks off until you feel productive again otherwise you'll be stuck in a rut. I work 7 days/week sometimes so I do get burned out once every few months, I always take some time off to re-energize.
 

Alex

Senior Member
#3
Time away does help you, but it does depend on what is happening in your life. When you can't do the things you are used to doing or are restricted it does make you question what you really need. Being able to reflect can help, but can also make someone with too much time on their hands anxious.


What I think does help is being able to take a step back and have time and space to re-evaluate your life and goals if you feel stuck. If you are happy and content, you probably won't feel that need, but many of us do wonder about 'what ifs' and have desires.
 
Thread starter #4
Time away does help you, but it does depend on what is happening in your life. When you can't do the things you are used to doing or are restricted it does make you question what you really need. Being able to reflect can help, but can also make someone with too much time on their hands anxious.


What I think does help is being able to take a step back and have time and space to re-evaluate your life and goals if you feel stuck. If you are happy and content, you probably won't feel that need, but many of us do wonder about 'what ifs' and have desires.
Sometimes I feel like I'm trapped into going to work and going to school routine until I finish school. I want to move country after I finish school, but I need my job to pay for my living. I often feel like I don't have time for myself, and now, when I finally have time, I don't know what to do with it.
 

Alex

Senior Member
#5
Sometimes I feel like I'm trapped into going to work and going to school routine until I finish school. I want to move country after I finish school, but I need my job to pay for my living. I often feel like I don't have time for myself, and now, when I finally have time, I don't know what to do with it.
I know what you mean, and at times we feel the choices we made were sensible ones rather than ones we actually wanted to make. In my own experience that is what I have found and now I am in a place where I have no reason to not make choices for myself. Finances aside, when you do lose money, you feel slightly liberated afterwards because you find you don't need that much and can do without.


I look back at the years I worked, and I never had time to really enjoy myself or fitted things around work. Perhaps this is a good time to read those books you have been meaning to get around to, or clear out things in the kitchen or garage. There are always things to do, but often they are things we put off.
 
#6
When I worked at the call center I ended up on sick leave twice because of how bad my panic attacks were and my depression. It was no good... During those times away from work I spent a good deal of time doing whatever I wanted and made myself feel good doing it. Of course it hurt me money wise but wasn't the end of the world. In my case though I also hated the job and had anxiety at work everyday so it was no good really. Even for people with no anxiety though I think it is normal to have days where one feels a rest from a job is in order.
 

Jemina

Junior Member
#7
I feel like time away from everything would be really beneficial to me, but right now I just can't. I've only had 6 days off all year. Yes, that includes weekends. Three of those days off were in one hit too. I'm absolutely exhausted and think that if I was to actually have a few days off I'd feel a lot better. I've even started days intending to have the day off and then just couldn't go through with it because we need the money so badly right now. I'm the only one working in my household, and my income isn't very high, so I have to do everything I can to make sure we've got the money to scrape by each month. That's meant that my anxiety gets a whole lot worse than it was because I feel like I don't have any time to just sit and relax any more. 


That being said though, in November I fully intend to take a couple of days off and rest. I may also go out with some friends then as I haven't been able to do that for months either. And I'm sure that after that I'll be feeling much more refreshed and ready to work. 
 

kelden

Junior Member
#8
Yeah, it helps wonders. I got some time off and went camping, It was neat. Except for the mosquitoes and warm temperatures of middle day, sometimes I yearned for air conditioner, but after nightfall, everything was marvelous and fascinating.
 

sidney

Junior Member
#9
Oh time off is always welcome in my book. I always have alone time now since I currently work from home, but when I wasn't I always relished the respite that I got on the weekends. I don't have to do anything!
 

djanx

Junior Member
#10
Sometimes taking time off helps. As long as no one at work notices that you're taking stress, everything is fine. However, it does get a bit boring after a while. You see its a sort of paradoxical that when you're at work and under stress, you may want to go on a vacation, write or read a book, paint that painting, party hard, etc. But, once you're about 3 days into your vacation, all these activities start to feel boring.
 
#11
Now that I am no longer working the nine-to-five grind, I don't need to take any time off. All the time is my own to do as I like. Strangely, in such a situation, I end up looking for ways to fill up my day instead. Before, when I was working full-time, I would be looking forward to the weekends when I don't have to go to work.
 
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