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#MentalHealthandcareer #Career #worklifebalance #myjob #reasonableaccommodations #Neurodivergentatwork

My employer asked me to take time off work to take care of my mental health (I needed it). I’m curious how other people handle things at work, like when too much is asked of you and your head feels like it’s going to explode. Are there any groups here that pertain to how your neurodivergence affects you at work?

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Stress States and Working Life...

How do you deal with levels of stress without stimulating a chronic pain flair up?

I've had chronic back pain from scoliosis for for 15 years now. I'm off the meds and I'm doing a lot of work on myself with Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy, meditation and mindful movement excercises combined with physiotherapy.

I can't work because I'm unable to cope with the stress of working as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP). I left my profession because they couldn't make reasonable adjustments for my condition. So I walked away from my career.

For the past 18 months I've been trying to wean off painkillers to figure out what to do about my pain, sometimes it's been so overwhelming that I've had panic attacks that have left me suffering from muscle spasms for months.

I cannot keep going with this idea that I'm the only person going through this, how do we continue to feel our pain in a safe way without overworking the muscles of our backs when we feel our emotions.

After 15 years of chronic pain it's hard to imagine a world where pain doesn't exist. That's not what I'm looking for, I just want to feel my pain sensations without having an immediate reaction of panic, fear and rage.

Which brings me to the flip side of chronic pain, when I stopped taking my meds (co-codamol) I began feeling so much, so much that I didn't know how to feel, my pain become overwhelming but so did my emotions. I felt like a baby learning how to navigate states of newness again through this otherworldly state of being because my emotions were so viceral, so explosive. I didn't know how to behave , how to respond to people through these new sensations, it drove me to states of mind that have been described by the internet at psychosis.

The thing that saved me from my mad mind was the ability to express what I was feeling through art. Painting, poetry, dancing and singing helped me find my way back to myself through my pain. This was about six months ago and at this time I'm trying to bring myself to a place where I can go back to work, safely. There is no room for creative self expression in a hospital...

The level of self management involved in my day to reduce my pain is a heavy burdeon, I don't know how I will be able to cope without these practices...

I can't just take a 30 min break and meditate or go for a walk to calm down my nervous system.

How do people cope with pain and the stress of work when there is no space for us in the system to be able to feel, express and mend ourselves in the moment we need to.....

Chronic pain, a disability?

#ChronicPain #Scoliosis #Disability #worklifebalance #Psychosis #cognitivereprocessingtherapy #Stress #cocodamol

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My last meeting with a difficult client

Today was my last day with this job. Indeed, I work in a freelance working schedule, however, I used to take that as a job, I was there always the day and time she needed me.

I know I need improvement as does everyone in this world. I take constructive feedback well, it helps me to grow, but everyone deserves respect.

I recorded a video of a fragment of this last meeting. Thanks for your words, this episode happened without affecting my emotions too much. I uploaded the video

She paid in advance for some hours, she wants reimbursement. of course, I will give her back the money, but I have made an experiment. It is curious how she never had time to reply to a question, she always wanted me to "figure it out myself", but then, I used to do what I thought it was best, and tried to be proactive. But later, she used to tell me that she didn't ask me to do it and that I should ask more questions.

So, she never had time for a few minutes to reply to some questions/blockers that would help me to do my work. But now, she has been trying to connect with me all afternoon because she wants her money back. So, seems like, in the end, she hasn't been as busy as she always says she is...

One of the main complaints was that my communication was an issue, my English is good enough to communicate, but still is not perfect, I know I need to improve, but I am a remote worker living in the 3rd world charging her 10 USD per hour. She won't find that rate there in her country with an English native speaker.

Thanks again :)

#Impostorsyndrome #Anxiety #Burnout #worklifebalance #Depression #Respect

My last meeting today

I work as a personal assistant / executive assistant as a freelance. I always strive to provide my best. I know I am not perfect. I always take good all the ...

Somewhere in Between

I started something I hope will grow into amazing. Visit!!! This is a project I am passionate about and I want to grow into something wonderful!!! Parents of special needs and medically complex kids are stuck. They're stuck between lawmakers and insurance companies and medical providers;they're stuck between work/life balance. Somewhere In Between is my blog where I share my journey with these in between spaces and I hope to grow a community that is empowered to make change in the world, even if it's small #MedicallyComplexChild #ChildrenWithSpecialNeeds #InclusionAndSpecialNeeds


Back to work tomorrow #worklifebalance #rest #routine #earlymornings

So….I have had ten days off and it was good but man oh man they flew by. Now I love my job but even so it is very hard for me. So, I am feeling a little anxious about going back tomorrow. I am so grateful to be employed as I know so many people who can’t work. But I struggle with routine and I have to wake up by 330am to get to work in time. Sooooooo…..IT. IS. HARD. I thank my lucky stars that my job is somewhat flexible because I am late AT LEAST twice a week….sometimes I am late every single day. I know my lights need to be out at 7pm to be able to get up on time. I have NO IDEA why that is so difficult for me🤦‍♀️. Anyway….I am going to make that my main goa this week. LIGHTS OUT AT 7pm!!!! Wish me luck.


Just trying to rest... #worklifebalance #Restday

Feeling so grateful for weekends right now. It was a long week and I am really enjoying the downtime. I needed it!

Of course, it is also kinda hard for me to just rest. I also feel like I should be doing something. I mean...there is stuff that needs done. It is really hard to ignore undone stuff 🤦‍♀️.

I guess I could turn in some resumes. Can do that sitting here. Gotta find a better job 🤦‍♀️

#Sarcoidosis #PolycysticOvarySyndrome #Migraine #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #Depression #Anxiety


Work Life #Anxiety #Depression #worklifebalance

Just sitting around today dreading work. So super annoying. A friend of mine just messaged me and said, ‘I don’t think about work like you do. I only think about it right before bedtime.’ Geez, I really wish I could do that. #Sarcoidosis #PolycysticOvarySyndrome #HypothyroidismUnderactiveThyroidDisease #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigue

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Walk slower and do one thing at a time

It’s so easy to rush about. Who cares if some things on my to do list are not completed today? Today I felt the pressure to finish a project at work but I slowed right down and took my time. I’ll finish it first thing tomorrow morning. This internal pressure I felt has put me into burnout before so today I noticed it and ignored the pressure. It felt good too.

There is always something else to do, so it’s endless. I’m also mindful it’s only halfway through the working week so I’d rather pace it than need a day off on Friday.

I’m happy I can notice this now and alter my direction.

What things do you notice that put yourself under pressure to perform? #Depression #Anxiety #Burnout #Effexor #worklifebalance #Mindfulness


Starting a new job in 3 weeks after raising my two kids for 8 years. Any advice on how to cope with the added tasks and busy work life balance? 🌺

#themightylife #coping #worklifebalance #newchallenges #feelingguilty #Parenting #Lawyers


Reflecting, recovering, self affirmation #cowdens #ASD #Parenting #Caregiver #worklifebalance #Trauma #DomesticAbuse survivor

I took a nap today for a couple of hours. I woke up , eyes burning from exhaustion but with clarity as follows
A mom of a large family with a disabled child (whose school is on again off again) with a grandchild on tbe way who also is being a spouse, laundress, housekeeper, cook, managing her own medical/emotional journey who is clocking in fifty hours a week at an extremely high stress profession is going to lose it. It may be fast an obvious to all, it may be more subtle but I’m definitely losing my “shiitake mushrooms “ and so would everyone else. Cause I’m attempting to do something entirely unmanageable. . So my goal this weekend is to be kind to myself, understanding of my limitations and encourage everyone to do tbe same #Chat #rant #nojudgement #listening