Have just had a period of sickness (stress/ anxiety) and go back to work this week. Have requested shorter shifts (I do 12 hour shifts as a nurse) - GP recomended it etc etc. I am dredding going back! It has been stressful arranging going back ironically, and shorter hours have gone down like a led balloon, with nothing concrete put in place. I am not going to be popular as will result in some of the xmas rota being redone. But, all I want to do is work as long as I can - and shorter shifts will help me. For me the biggest struggle is asking for adaptations etc, and as time moves on I know I need to ask for more, as I know no one else will. It makes me feel so uncomfortable! I can do my job and do it well - but 12 hours without a break (real world I am a nurse!) is getting too much.
It's not nice having to push yourself forward, but I guess we have to do it.