Taking time off from work isn’t easy. For mental health reasons taking off is even more challenging. In late May, 24 years old Nadia Whittome share that she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. As advised by her doctor, she is taking several weeks off from work. “Through being open about my own mental health struggle, I hope that others will also feel able to talk about theirs, and that I can play a small role in creating greater acceptance and facilitating healthier discussions around this issue,” she wrote on her website.
Days later, Naomi Osaka (tennis star) announced she was withdrawing from French Open, and she refused to speak with the media. Since winning her 1st grand slam title in 2018, she suffered from depression. Nadia and Naomi aren’t alone in stepping back from their work due to mental health. Teachers and health workers are leaving their position saying burnout from the Covid crisis.
In the US, there’s a shared sense of optimism as Covid restrictions are being lifted across the country, and people are returning to their old routines. But expert warns that there is 2nd wave of mental health challenges to deal with, the long term effect of stress, depression, anxiety, and isolation that countless people have faced through the Covid. Temporary stepping away from work has many benefits. Taking off can avoid short-term burnout and improve long-term job performance.
According to a 2020 report from the Common Wealth Fund, Americans suffered more mental health consequences Covid as compared to 9 other high-income countries. 33% of respondents reported experiencing anxiety, stress, or significant sadness that was difficult to cope with alone. These are the feeling that shouldn’t be ignored. But for most people, taking a break from work isn’t easy.
All the people were thrown at Covid simultaneously but emerging from lockdown at different paces and in different ways. Some of the people have lost their loved ones to Covid. Many people have lost the sense of safety and security which they had before. All people are going through significant changes, and they are feeling the effect of those changes. Mental challenges have become one of the major concerns.