TW : This post can be triggering.
I do not really know how I am feeling at the moment.
I have gone back to work after being off for the entire period of 2018. (Literally!!)
Was I ready?….No
Was it necessary?….YES!!
Thoughts I have had since being back at work;
- Wanting to self harm.
- Thinking I would be better off dead.
- That I am useless, weak and stupid.
- That I am making work for people.
- That I do not deserve this job.
And so many mixed feelings of anger, frustration and sadness.
Being off work is difficult, if your partner works then you cannot get financial support because “your partner earns too much” and when you finally get told to apply for Universal Credit to help they tell you sorry “too much money” – after weeks of waiting, meetings and appointments!! PIP takes months and I hear more about them rejecting claims than anything and ESA you cannot get if you get SSP (although mine ended in June so I could have applied for this during my time off but didn’t as I was told I had SSP until August.)
Money is a b*tch!! We all have bills to pay but I find it a real shame that people who struggle and are going through a hard time get very limited support. Yet I know plenty of people that cheat the system and get more money than my annual income from working. (I am not judging people who do not work and that receive benefits, I am talking about several people I know that receive benefits and do not work when they could work but choose not to)
Now that rant is over. I am back at work part-time and should be building things slowly. We shall see, hopefully things improve.
To be continued….