"Hey, (insert bosses name here) I can't make it into work today."
"Hey, I'm feeling bad today, can't make it in."
When you decide to play "hooky", do you ever think about why you feel the need to miss work? Is it due to the fact that you just can not stand it any more? Or maybe you are so stressed out, the thought of going back to work literally makes you sick. This is the case for many, MANY emergency services workers who are suffering from depression, general life stress compounded with work stress, or PTSD. The simple fact is, that if you do not get yourself treated, be it by anxiety medication, or seeing a counselor, it is NOT going to get better on its own. We work in too stressful of an environment for things like stress to go untreated, all it will do is keep building and building until one day, you break. Maybe you just miss a few days of work because of it, or maybe you miss a lot more, which in turn causes you to lose your job..
Now what? Not only that, but in a smaller center like many of you work in, if you are laying out of work with a false reason, PEOPLE KNOW. So now they're pissed off at you, because their workload just increased so you can lay at home, so when you get back to work there is animosity. Guess what that does? LEADS TO MORE STRESS!
So before your bad day turns into a bad week, then a bad month and year, get help! Talk to your director, most centers have a counselor on the books for this exact scenario, and it does help!
I am no counselor, but am more than happy to talk to anyone about anything, always an open ear. Go to my contact page and shoot me an email!
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