I have been sick as a dog this last week.. it is really hard to practice self love while lying in the fetal position on the bathroom floor. While I have been home sick, I have been doing my best to be sure I am not causing any undue stress on my team at work, I have been working remotely nearly every day while at home. I got little to no sleep again last night again.. I had told my team I was going to be in the office today regardless, but as I laid awake waiting for my alarm to go off this morning, I knew that probably wasn’t going to be a great idea. Which leads me to my main point… if you are sick, legitimately sick, do not go to work.. for you, and for your co-workers. you aren’t being a hero, in fact quite the opposite, you are threatening to contaminate those of us who try to actively avoid illness like it were the plague. One “patient zero” we will call her, has successfully caused nearly half our department to catch this fun little bug.
On a completely different, note, today is Bell Lets Talk day. A day to raise awareness for mental health, and raise money for mental health initiatives. You can find more information here. If you are reading this blog, I think it is safe to say you, or someone you know are dealing with some variety of mental health issue or issues, please take a minute today to use the hashtag #BellLetsTalk on all of your social media accounts. Bell donates 5¢ to #MentalHealth initiatives in Canada for every use of the hashtag.
If you are someone who is struggling, please reach out, to me, to a friend, to family. The best thing you can do is start the conversation. I will not judge you, I have been through shit myself, be open and be vulnerable because it can and will get better if you just start the conversation.
If you know someone dealing with mental health issues, the best advice I have to give as the person on the other side, is be understanding, not judgmental, do not offer solutions as if it were some thing that can be easily solved. Try to relate, and if you can’t offer something that makes you just as vulnerable. One of the most critical things we want to hear is that we are not alone, we want someone else to relate to us.
Today is going to be a great day, because I am going to make it one.