Mental Anxiety Over Impending Life Event
I once had a coworker fill me in on a brilliant scheme of hers to get out of work and go traveling. She told her boss that she was feeling a lot of “mental anguish” about an upcoming life event (so insert “getting married,” “impending baby,” “last kid going off to college” here), and that she was having trouble focusing and needed to take some personal time.
Most bosses don’t want to touch mental issues with a 10-foot pole, so her boss was happy to oblige. Plus, the great thing about “mental anguish” is that, like food poisoning, the excuse doesn’t leave any physical evidence behind. So it’s not like your boss will be looking for those Kleenexes in the trash that you’d be throwing away if you came back from a legitimate cold.
Estimated length of effectiveness: One to two weeks. More than enough time to go check out some epic waterfalls.
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