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3 Steps to Taking a Guilt-Free (and Email-Free!) Sick Day

Most of us hate calling in sick; it stresses us out and it makes us feel like we’re somehow betraying our work ethic, but if you’re unwell you need to take the day off. First of all because you won’t be able to do much at work and you’ll be prone to mistakes. When our bodies are not in top shape our minds aren’t either, so it’s best if you don’t overtire yourself by making mental decisions as well. Second, your colleagues and boss aren’t going to thank you for coming in to work and spreading your germs so take the day off and stay at home.

See Also: How to Avoid That Cold Going Around the Office

The problem is that even when you decide to stay at home you will most likely be racked with guilt. You’ll probably feel that you’ve let down your boss down and that your work is going to fall behind. These thoughts are not going to help you get better any time soon, so to help you out we’ve put together a list of steps you should take to have a guilt free and email free sick day.

1. Don’t Overshare

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Most of us tend to feel guilty when we take the day off which makes us want to ensure that our boss believes us. So in an effort to make sure that they know we are not lying we tell them exactly what’s wrong with us which ends up sounding like a lie.

For example, if you got food poisoning and spent the night on your bathroom floor your boss doesn’t need to know all of that. Simply tell them that you have food poisoning and don’t go into details.

2. Prepare for Your Day

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The problem with taking a sick day off is that it can mess with our carefully planned schedule and throw us off track. But, since these things can’t be helped it’s essential that you make the most of the situation. Make sure that you write down everything that you would do if you were at work, for example, meetings, and see what you can reschedule. If you have emergencies, try to delegate and ask one of your colleagues to help you out. Make sure that you inform your boss that you’re on top of things and that if they need you, they can call or message you. If of course you’re too unwell and wouldn’t be able to handle any of these make sure that you let your boss know.

3. Don’t Overtire Yourself

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The idea of taking a day off when you are sick is so that you can allow your body to recover. But if you spend the whole time stressed, it defeats the purpose. Don’t allow your mind to dwell on work related matters, stay in bed, watch movies, sleep and help yourself realize that the more you focus on recovering, the sooner you’ll be able to get back to work.

See Also: How to Beat the Office Cold With Food

Remember that you’re allowed to get sick so don’t feel bad. Allow yourself to recover without feeling guilty because it’s completely unnecessary.

Do you feel guilty when you take days off? Let me know in the comments section below.

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