I had a strange meeting the other day. One that I didn’t really expect to be having at the age of 24.
On Wednesday I had a meeting with a social worker. She came to my house and we chatted about how I am coping with MS, what am I struggling with, what is going on at work. We discussed the fact that I’m off work for the second time in 6 months and she gave me advise on ways to improve my work/life balance.
The one piece of advise that’s really stuck with me is that she thinks I need to reduce my working hours. I don’t really remember the last time I did something on a weekend that wasn’t followed by thoughts of “oh my goodness I am so tired, how am I actually going to function”. The really sad thing is, the only times I have actually done anything on a weekend since Christmas was because we have already paid for hotels or to see family for birthdays. Im not even kidding – when I say haven’t done anything, I’m talking not leaving the house. I know, you don’t need to say it – I’m a go-getter.
Surely this is not a healthy definition of work/life balance?
Like how do we deal with such changes? I’ve only just started this current job, which is literally the most stressful experience of my life by the way, the chances of them letting me reduce my hours is probably slim to none.
I suppose now is the time to really sit down and think. Money is definitely not everything, health definitely IS everything. My lad and I have just bought a house but we have been clever thinking about money when we did this so I’m not too stressed about that. It’s still strange though isn’t it? I could start doing my crafts more though, now that would be a definite benefit.
I did know this day would come of needing reduced hours but did not expect it to only be only 6 months after diagnoses.
Ok, enough of today’s ramblings of is going on in Hannah’s head’.
Any advise on how people dealt with similar situations would be forever grateful!
- Adulting is hard
- Stress on top of stress is definitely a thing
- Health should always be a priority, yeah?