31 July, 2017

The Big Sick

I am the worst sick person ever. I whinge. I tell every single person I meet that I’m on my last legs. I cough and snort and splutter. Most people around me are sick with the same thing, but no, I’m the sickest. But this last week, while leaning over a steaming bowl of eucalyptus, I did muster up a tiny bit of empathy for students with deadlines, workers on casual contracts with no sick leave, people who work for themselves, such as professional musicians who rely on their voice or their lung capacity in some way and people who don’t have a decent warm home to go to.

Here are 5 signs that you’re too sick to go to work. Check this out first. Be sensible – don’t take your illness to work and spread it to your colleagues and customers. Once you’ve established you’re crook, keep yourself in quarantine for as long as you can. But sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do and the show must go on. Once you are at a point you can face the world, this Inc. blog gives you a few tips on how to keep calm and carry on while also looking after yourself.

Students – by which I actually am just passive-aggressively referring to my own kids – for goodness sake investigate how to heat your flats cost-effectively and safely. Get advice on ensuring your flat is insulated. Make the most of the well-being initiatives on campus. Don’t be afraid to ask for support from student services, friends and family. And the same principles of staying home until you are well enough applies to you. If you learn how to make the judgement call to look after yourself and to plan around contingencies such as illness, you are in fact practicing essential work/life skills. Now stay warm.



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