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Having to stay home

Having to stay home

by mya mya -
Number of replies: 1

I am a healthcare worker and took a leave of absence because of school closures. My husband has been working from home but wouldn’t have been able to homeschool our kids. We live my my parents one of whom has hypertension and had a heart attack a few years ago. My siblings were very concerned about me going to work and putting my parents at risk. I feel tremendously guilty that I should have been working during this time and should have put my workplace first during this pandemic.  I do overcome this guilt and resentment 

In reply to mya mya

Re: Having to stay home

by COVID19 Moderator -
Thank you for sharing your experience.

It sounds like you really value your work and it has been difficult for you to adjust to the choices you have had to make during this challenging time. Feelings like guilt and resentment can make it ever harder to cope with this situation, however these are also normal emotions that can help us make sense of things.

You seem to have a desire to help your community through your work, while also keeping your family safe by staying home. Either way, you seem to be doing what you can to help others, even if it is not in the way you had hoped.

Here are some resources that you may find helpful as you process the difficult emotions you’ve mentioned:

CAMH COVID and Mental Health:

CMHA COVID Mental Health Tips: