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Some of us are fortunate enough to have sick days. Depending on your employer, your sick days may even be mandated by the government. I am very grateful to my employer for providing sick days, and for letting me take several days off when I lost my voice last week. (In case you're wondering, I'm not contagious and have since returned to work, although my voice hasn't quite made it back yet!)
Sick days have several purposes:
Okay, so the benefits of taking a sick day may be obvious.
But how many of us allow ourselves to use our sick days when we're sick?
Maybe we feel guilty...
Maybe we feel anxious...
The majority of people enjoy some measure of good health on a daily basis. If you feel sick at all, you are sick enough. You deserve to use your sick days.
For next time, how can you plan ahead? Can you meet your deadlines further in advance instead of procrastinating until the last minute? Can you train others in your responsibilities so that you can delegate tasks to them when necessary? If you are self-employed, can you factor sick time into your rates to give yourself a cushion?
Be compassionate, to yourself and to others. Some people do not have the luxury of sick days. Perhaps they are living paycheck to paycheck. Perhaps they have used all their sick days taking care of their children, or parents. Perhaps your young student's family members aren't able to stay home with them. Treating each other with kindness won't hurt; it can only make us feel better.
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Kirstie Gallacher-Ang, MT-BC