How Getting Sick Forced Me to De-Stress at Work

Your health is more important than your work

David Fox
3 min readSep 22, 2021
Photo by Daniel Monteiro on Unsplash

Ask anyone who works with me and they will tell you that I’m the least stressed person they know. There are more difficult, higher pressure jobs, but my job is busy — the kind of busy where the work never stops coming and lunch breaks are sometimes hypothetical.

Even when I am apocalyptically busy, I don’t show it on the outside — like a swan, I’m gracefully gliding on the surface but peddaling furiously underneath.

Or at least that used to be the case.

I’ve been working at home since last March due to the pandemic. And although I do love being at home, I’ve been working pretty much solidly since then without a real break. What’s the point in booking time off when there’s nowhere to go?

Lately, that’s been taking a toll. I find myself snapping more at my family, feeling the need to stay logged in after my alloted hours to finish all the work I have, and fretting at every email or chat notification or buzz of a phone call. This…