Today, I took another long hard look at my work schedule, my health schedule, my school schedule and my children's schedules and realized I needed to make more changes.
Despite starting my own business and writing a book, I never wanted to stop my 9-5...at least not yet. But the reality is that my children have always and will always be my first priority.
Some people don't realize that in between everything else I have going on in life, I am still a NHL patient and require in office visits at least twice a week. My condition is chronic, requires ongoing treatment and will likely intensify within the next few weeks.
As much as I advocate for equal rights for everyone, especially those working with chronic medical conditions, it's not easy requesting accommodations, especially when you're young and enjoy being as productive as possible. But, today I had to do what's best for me and my family, because I am no good stressed, drained, and running around trying to fix everyone else's problems. I pride myself on being a hard worker, but one thing I've learned through this entire quarantine is that what's important will happen and everything else can wait.
So if you're fighting a battle with yourself, choosing money over your health, image over your happiness, just know that putting yourself first is okay. And if you're a parent, putting your children's needs before a company is best.
Have you made adjustments to your normal schedule or required work accommodations since the pandemic? Please comment below.
*And don't forget, certain employers are required to provide their employees the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights".