I am out sick today. Went to the doctor yesterday for a check-up and I think I caught something while sitting in the waiting area.
Just a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t stay home if I were sick. I’d have to be in really bad shape to take an actual sick day. I’m too busy, too important, and nobody likes someone who is sick all the time. Really I just prolonged my sickness, didn’t get much work done anyway, and brought my germs to work for others to get sick. What changed me from going to work sick was the response of people around me. Multiple people would ‘encourage’ me to stay home if I were sick with a cold.
Now, if I can, I stay home if I’m sick. I can get most of my work done at home and get the rest my body needs.
Give yourself permission to stay home when your sick. Your co-workers will thank you!