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Is it right to temporarily put off your work to deal with emotional problems?

Asked by Mimishu1995 (7272 points ) January 3rd, 2014

Recently I have some emotional problem and I put off my work of the day to find the solution for it. I feel rather guilty having to put off my work, but I don’t think I can concentrate on the work normally if the problem is still in my head. Do you think it is right to put off my work to deal with the problem first?

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ibstubro's avatar

If you are an employee, your emotional health comes first.
If you are a business owner, your employees and customers come first.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Sometimes it is neccessary. Feeling guilty will only obstruct your chances of getting past the situation and once again concentrate on your work.

ETpro's avatar

That’s an approach avoidance conflict. You want to be emotionally healthy, but you don’t want to jeopardize your job. Which will land you in the most uncomfortable position, delaying work to get your life on track, or delaying life to keep the work flowing? As @ibstubro says, you have to be emotionally stable enough to work, or the decision will be made for you.

talljasperman's avatar

Yes… had I asked for time off I might not have had a breakdown and labelled mentally ill and put on disability. I should have taken my minsters advice to take a year off university.

Pandora's avatar

It all depends. If you went to work and basically pissed the day away then that sucks for those that have to pick up your slack. It isn’t fair to them. They had to earn their pay check and yours. However, if you called out sick or than it is legit. You are entitled to sick days and I count that as being a different kind of ill. If you are not fit to work then you should call out. Some jobs have something called well days. It pretty much is for that purpose. It is a day to clear out emotional stuff or to take simply because you are physically drained. Just a day to relax and pamper yourself so that you can recharge your batteries.

I use to allow my kids at least 5 well days during the school year so long as their grades were good and they didn’t have a test on the day of their choice. I found this allowed them to concentrate better when they got back to school. Its like hooky with permission.

Coloma's avatar

@Pandora I did the same with my daughter. Taking care of your emotional health is very important.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

@Pandora “Just a day to relax and pamper yourself so that you can recharge your batteries.”

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ bout!

Sometimes I just gotta kick back and marinate. Call me tenderized.

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