Robots Need Love Too

I can't call in sick. I can't just call in and take a mental health day if I'm feeling run down and need to rest and recover. I feel too spread thin. There is no one to cover for me. Promises of support are made and rescinded. My body is protesting. I find I have little energy outside of my job to muster aside from basic necessities. I rally each morning and talk myself out of bed, "It will be over soon and you can go back to bed." I don't feel like a human being. I am isolated and beyond busy. At work, more tasks pile up because apparently, I have the time. This is how much time I have: I have so much time I don't have time to grab a coffee, go to the bathroom, or talk. I scarf my lunch at my desk if I can but now have given up bringing food at all. I am tired... I am very tired.

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You’re not alone

Nov 1, 2021 at 12:49am

Lots of people are feeling it. My energy has been very drained lately and I feel no motivation so I totally understand where you’re coming from. Workplaces that promote mental health awareness should practice what they preach. That’s how you earn respect from your employees.

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Burnout

Nov 1, 2021 at 1:07am

That’s what you just described. It’s a real phenomenon, and it can be very devastating if you don’t pay attention to what it’s telling you. So you have a very important decision to make now: stay where you’re at slowly dying, or shake that off and take a step back to rest and recharge. Without distractions preferably. In those moments of reflection hopefully you will see what direction you need to take. Good luck on your journey.

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tiredeyes

Nov 1, 2021 at 11:18am

this is why i quit my last job. i was incredibly sick and got reprimanded when i couldn't show up to work once. the men who show up late constantly? never reprimanded. and those guys are my friends are totally reasonable, it's fine, but i was written up for being ten minutes late once and was almost always early for work. i worked a lot of unpaid hours, not because i was asked to or they made me, but because i liked the job and was always on time and the few times i was late was five or ten minutes. they just didn't like me because i didn't fit their brand so i left. i just wonder, why they even hired me in the first place if i wasn't on brand? this was a speciality coffee shop. i have nothing good to say about them so when people ask me why i left, i just say that i needed a change. but it sucks because i can't say anything or else it would follow me if i wanted to enjoy my time at any restaurant or café; they know everybody.

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Anonymous

Nov 1, 2021 at 11:31am

If you have sick days take them, employers don't care about you. It'll all be there when/if you go back. Take the sick day or your body will take it for you with worse consequences.

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We deserve

Nov 1, 2021 at 2:30pm

so much more out of life. Granted, no one is owed a living or success. But when you work your ass off for less and less… it’s fucking discouraging and feels hopeless.

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Right now is a great time

Nov 1, 2021 at 4:05pm

To look for a new job. Employers are begging in almost all fields. If your employer isn't taking care of their staff, find one which will, you'll probably also get a raise out of it. Keep your head up, it'll get better!

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We need

Nov 2, 2021 at 8:39pm

more than two weeks vacation. My friends in europe laugh when they hear about our vacation time. How can you possibly compensate for a year of full-time, and often overtime work with two lousy weeks. No wonder people are such an anxious and depressed bunch these days.

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Tallcoolone87

Nov 7, 2021 at 5:59pm

You must take of yourself. If your coworkers call in sick, you can, too! Burnout sounds like it's not far off. Literally, your mental health is worth protecting.

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