On Monday, I’ll be talking to my supervisor about taking an extended leave of absence from my job. I need to do it. I’ve been so exhausted all this year–really all the way back to last summer–that I have done almost nothing but work and sleep for months. I need to really take care of myself, to rest, to heal, to get a grip on things I have let slide because I am so worn down. I need to deal with a couple of chronic health issues I haven’t addressed.

But I know it will inconvenience a lot of colleagues I care about, and I feel really guilty. I have to spend some time this weekend thinking about how to frame it to her. I don’t want to give up my job, just get a good long break from the high stress and utterly unrealistic expectations.