What to do about stress and work?
February 24, 2013 1:16 PM Subscribe
I've been very stressed for a few months. I've tried managing it, however on Thursday I almost snapped and became quite teary to the point a co-worker mentioned it to my team leader. My team leader was great and told me not to worry. Unfortunately after a stressful weekend I still feel very weepy and have a very tight chest. I think I may need to take a few days off work in order to recover. I haven't got any holiday left so would need to take it as sick. How should I go about getting some time off to recover and get myself straight again?
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've been very stressed over various things for the last three or four months. I've tried managing it by taking it easy in the evenings, I meditate (however I've been finding it hard to meditate due to the stress) and trying to manage my stress levels at work by asking for help and taking a bit of time to talk to co-workers as a de-stressing measure. I'm not very good with prolonged stress. I can cope short term and I can cope with a lot if I can plan and be organised. However the last couple of weeks at work have been a cause of stress due to various problems and I've been unable to plan my time effectively and I feel like part of my work has suffered which also makes me stressed. I reached the point on Thursday where I was struggling to hold it together and not cry at work. My team leader was informed by a co-worker that I was stressed and getting upset. He was great about it and said not to worry about it.
Unfortunately this weekend has also been very stressful and I still feel very weepy and am experiencing a feeling of tightness in my chest (thankfully I'm not yet experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath and sleeplessness which will happen if I can't de-stress). I've spent the majority of the weekend at my Dad's just chilling out and because I knew then I'd get some decent food inside me as I just don't feel like cooking. At the moment I just feel so tired both physically and mentally. I feel like I just want to curl up and sleep for a few months. I'm concerned because for several years I suffered with ME and I've been a lot better over the last year and a half. I know that stress can trigger a relapse of ME and I don't want to go back to not being able to do anything.
I think I need to have a bit of time off work to de-stress and recover from this. I haven't got any holiday left so it would need to be sick days instead. However I'm not sure how to go about it. Do I need to see my doctor and get signed off? Or do I just go to my team leader and explain things to him and ask if I can have the rest of the week off sick due to stress? I don't want to let my team leader and co-workers down and put extra work on their shoulders. Also I feel bad that I feel I need to have the time off. I know I need it but I still feel bad thinking about asking for time to heal. Even when I was suffering from ME badly I still felt bad having time off. I really need to go in to work tomorrow as if I don't it would put a lot of pressure on my other co-workers and my team leader. I think I could just about cope with working tomorrow but I'm not sure if I could deal with a whole week.
If it helps I'm in the UK. So what would you recomend I do? How do I deal with getting time off to take care of myself so I don't get to the point where I can't sleep, feel like I can't breath and am having chest pains?