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To ask for a week off?

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happybirthdayyoutoo Tue 07-Nov-17 12:16:37

I’m at a point where everything is just ‘too much’.

The house is a tip. It’s dusty and grubby and generally needs a really good clean and sort out. I have washing and ironing from weeks ago that I just don’t get a chance to do. My skin is awful and covered in spots, I haven’t shaved my legs in weeks, and just don’t get any ‘me’ time. I would love nothing more than a week off to sort our house out and just sit with a coffee and blanket reading a book or watching TV.

I also have 2 DC so all of my leave is taken for half terms etc so I don’t actually get to rest at all.

One week is all I’d need.

Am I being stupid? (Fully prepares to be told I am!) How (if I decide to!) should I bring this up with my manager? I know it sounds really pathetic but I feel like there’s no ‘let up’ and I’m going to explode.

GetOutOfMYGarden Tue 07-Nov-17 12:23:51

Do you have any option for personal leave?

If not, you will probably be able to take a week unpaid. Depending on your job the run up to christmas may not be the best time to ask though.

Caulk Tue 07-Nov-17 12:26:56

Do you have any holiday left?

Oly5 Tue 07-Nov-17 12:27:30

You can’t just ask for a week off to shave your legs and sort the house out, unless your dem are happy for you to take unpaid leave? You could put in a request for parental leave but it is unpaid.
What about weekends? Is there anyone who can take the kids off your hands while
You sort things out?
Otherwise, how about 30 mins a day extra of “jobs” to work through this list? 30 mins extra of washing etc. You’d soon get on top of it

Theresamayscough Tue 07-Nov-17 12:29:02

Can you ask for a week unpaid leave? That way you will still have holiday.

And no you are not being unreasonable sometimes your just need to get off the wheel. flowers

SilverSpot Tue 07-Nov-17 12:33:30

I feel like there’s no ‘let up’ and I’m going to explode.

This isn't pathetic. Everyone needs a break sometime!

Be honest.

"I'm finding work/life is getting on top of me at the moment. I would really appreciate a week of unpaid leave over week commencing [x] to enable me to get back on track and come back to work refreshed. Is this a possibility?"

RedSkyAtNight Tue 07-Nov-17 12:46:28

I know it's the MN answer to everything, but as you're presumably going to have to sacrifice pay to take this leave ... why not get a cleaner in to do a deep clean? The house will instantly feel better, and then you can focus on the main areas that annoy you at, say 30 minutes a night.

You also need to think about how you can change things going forward - there's not point having a break if you're exhausted again 2 days later. You don't say how old your DC are, but they are either old enough to pitch in and help out sometimes and amuse themselves while you get on with "me" things, or young enough to go to bed early (when you need to prioritise having that batch or sitting with coffee and a blanket).

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