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Working While Sick? STOP IT!

Posted February 18, 2013 by Monica O'Connell in On the Ladder

The sick season is upon us and a common theme is that women completely ignore their symptoms to the best of their ability.  Instead of calling in sick, taking a nap or turning off the email for an afternoon, women pop an extra cough drop, chug a little orange juice, and power through their crummy symptoms.  Kleenex tissues surround the laptop, the work slows and yet it’s just not going to work to stop working.  There are emails to be sent and reports to be written.  Can’t stop, won’t stop.  Most power through until the significant other, the besties and all of your coworkers are basically threatening you to get into bed or to get to urgent care.

This has got to end.

You get to start paying attention to your body today.

If something isn’t right, you’re the only one who can notice fully.

You deserve care.

You have the right to a spot on the couch, reruns of your favorite show and radical self-care.

You get radical self-care.  You deserve radical self-care.

What is radical self-care you ask?

No matter if your shame tells you that you’re a bad person today or a lazy person today or a fraud today, you get to take care of yourself.  Despite how crummy you might think you are or how imperfect you feel you are today, you take care of yourself despite it.

No matter what you get to sleep when you’re tired.  And you know when you’re tired.  And you know when you’re really tired. And you know when you’re sick and tired.

No matter what, you deserve to fuel your body nutritiously.

You deserve plenty of water.  And to take time to drink water. And to take time to make sure you’re drinking enough water.

You with me?

You know when you’re sick and you know the only way to get better is by taking care of yourself.  It’s time to practice self-care. 

About the Author

Monica O'Connell

Monica O’Connell is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her practice, she spends her career cheering on “Career Girls” as they learn how to get the most out of life. Monica works with arguably some of the most successful, intelligent, inspiring women in the Twin Cities who tackle self-discovery, career success, and what’s getting in the way of their true desires. She shares her favorite moments as those “best described not by words but by the stomach aching, face soreness that comes from spending an entire day laughing with loved ones.”