Firstly, thankyou to all of you who showed your support via this blog or twitter or real life. Even though it's a bit of an odd time, the amount of positive feedback I've received has honestly been overwhelming and a little unexpected.
I know I am definitely better off somewhere else, somewhere that will appreciate what I bring to the table. It really is a shame though because I worked very well with my peers and stakeholders and respected them greatly. So sad that a single person can be so negative that I would throw away all the other good relationships and work because of that.
So there's 3 of us who are leaving my small team of 10 on the same day in Feb. Hopefully that's an indication to senior management that there's something seriously wrong. Anyway, not my problem. I'm moving onto bigger and better things.
What I actually wanted to address in this post are the health issues associated with stress. If you are as lucky as me you'll have a plethora of physical ailments, top cover private health insurance is not only necessary but your best friend.
I had a pretty big argument with my Manager last Wednesday. Thursday I started feeling unwell and Friday I awoke to the worst period pain in a decade. I'm on the pill to reduce my period pain which also regulates my cycle; I always get my period on Monday night/Tuesday morning. This month it came 4 days early on the Friday before.
All I could do on Friday was sleep, Saturday was slightly better and then Sunday was slightly worse again. Monday was a mix of period pain and a headache. What a waste of a long weekend! I woke up on Tuesday with NO PERIOD PAIN (it's a miracle) but my body decided to tag team and a headache set in for the whole of Tuesday and Wednesday, then yesterday I woke up with a throbbing headache which developed into a migraine. I tried hard not to throw up, the pain was so bad.
Today is the first day in 7 days I have woken up in no pain whatsoever and I feel like the world is lighter and brighter (how sad). I think what I'm trying to say is no work stress is worth sacrificing your health over. It has taken me 7 years to realise this but at the end of the day your health has to be your number 1 priority. Invest in it; pay for good medical attention; listen to your body.
I go to the chiro once a fortnight, I see an acupuncturist for my period pain, I go and get massages frequently because I carry a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders, I go for a brisk walk if I have moderate period pain, and I need to start going to yoga regularly.
What do you do to look after yourself?