Again, my therapist told me to take at least three weeks off. Ever the haggler, I took one, then worked 12-16 hour days for weeks covering the L.A. teachers strike with my brilliant colleagues. Then I jumped straight back into the project about killings near schools. /6— Sonali Kohli ?? (@Sonali_Kohli) March 7, 2019
For the next three weeks I’m deleting slack and outlook (and maybe twitter? TBD) and turning off my work phone. If you have recommendations for L.A. hikes, fun day trips, books to read and dogs to adopt, send them my way. /8— Sonali Kohli ?? (@Sonali_Kohli) March 7, 2019
Secondary trauma is a real thing and it can happen whether you are reporting from the field or a computer. Self care for me is therapy, puppies, exercise, cooking, baking, reading, time with my family and friends. /10— Sonali Kohli ?? (@Sonali_Kohli) March 7, 2019
Anyway, if you have read this very long thread then props to you, here is a trophy ?, and if you work in a field that is difficult, take care of yourself, take breaks, don’t feel bad about them.— Sonali Kohli ?? (@Sonali_Kohli) March 7, 2019
I felt a sense of failure – that by being off sick I was weak.