A friend said to me: "No one has been in touch to ask if I'm ok."
She was hurt.
She'd been battling anxiety since the beginning of the first lockdown, and as the Covid-19 restrictions were eased during the summer of 2020 and as her colleagues returned to the office, she got signed off sick - too panicky to go.
I asked: "Have you asked any of your colleagues how they've been getting on, working through a pandemic in an over-filled office, never knowing if today would be the day they would catch Covid and bring it home to their families? Have you asked how they feel about, perhaps, feeling duty-bound to return when they’d rather be home too? Have you wondered if their anxiety makes them show up because they fear the judgement attached to not? Maybe they fear their managers more than they fear Covid?"
She had not.
Who takes the first step?
Whose responsibility is it?
When we feel hard done by, is it possible someone else has experienced it differently? When we feel misunderstood is it possible that we’re the ones misunderstanding?
What's the story you tell yourself, and is it helpful or hindering?
Remember though - it's your life, your choice!
After all, this is the Manual of YOU!
Until next time, take care, stay safe - and sane - and make kind choices!
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