As an essential worker, my job brings a lot of stress. Ever since the pandemic began, my workload has grown exponentially. I’m doing whatever I can to keep up with the increased demand - more hours, closer deadlines, increased responsibility.
But every morning when I wake up, all those additional duties that come with being an essential worker weigh on me like weights around my shoulders. It’s daunting - especially when there’s no end in sight. And it’s taking its toll on my mental health.
Having a strong support system is helping me get through this tough time. Whether it’s talking things out with friends or family, counseling sessions, or just taking some time for myself to do something fun and relaxing - any small reminder that I’m not alone helps remind me of what’s really important.
I also make sure to eat healthy meals and exercise regularly - both for the release of feel-good endorphins and as a way to keep reminding myself that taking care of myself is important too!
I’m determined to continue doing whatever it takes so I can remain resilient in these tough times so that I can be ready in case anything changes unexpectedly at work - because although being an essential worker can be incredibly stressful, it also has its rewarding moments too!