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Calling in Sick to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Have You Ever Called in Sick to Spend Time Outside?

I don't know about you, but the weather where I live has been absolutely divine of late. I can hear the sunshine calling my name and inviting me run, bike, hike, sail, kayak — anything to celebrate Spring. In a recent survey, completed oddly enough by Degree antiperspirant, 40 percent of the woman responded that they have called sick to work just to hang out in the great out-of-doors. I am not sure if that number seems high or low, so I wanted to conduct my own informal survey here on FitSugar. I am curious if you've desperately craved some vitamin D, aka the sunshine vitamin, that you have taken a mental health day to commune with Mother Nature?

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Fitness Fitness 7 years
Mila_83 Where do you work? That is a great policy!
Cheercrz2 Cheercrz2 7 years
I have skipped class a few times to spend some time outside. Being in college makes it easier since I'm not skipping work.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I've never done it with work, but in college I skipped class every so often to hang out outside on gorgeous days.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I might call in sick to enjoy a change of scenery, but it would have to be someplace with air conditioning.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
No, the amount of anxiety and guilt I would feel means I couldn't actually enjoy being outdoors, plus my workplace already has a nice garden area with trees, a lawn and outdoors eating area; maybe if I worked in a concrete block I'd be more inclined to do so.
danielle854 danielle854 7 years
Yes, and with classes.
sherina sherina 7 years
I did it once a long time ago. It had been really horrible weather on my days off for so long that I finally snapped a little bit and called in sick one really nice, hot summer day to go to a water park. It was the kind of job where people were always desperate to get extra hours and I was paid hourly (so I wasn't being paid to be outside) so I didn't feel too guilty but like tlsgirl I did worry about karma smacking me with a flu from hell as payback. I had a great day though! :D I don't have to do it now since I work from home as a freelancer. Luckily I'm able to go ahead and enjoy a nice day if I want as long as I'm willing to finish my work up in the evening.
Mila_83 Mila_83 7 years
I feel lucky because my company actually has a "Summer Days" policy - I can take any extra 6 summer days between Memorial and Labor Days.It can be any day during the week - no questions ask.It feels nice to take random Wednesday off and go hiking or swimming when everyone else is headed to work:)))
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
No way. I worked food jobs and it was hard to get positions covered. I only called in when I was really sick.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I've though about it, and I might do it sometimes this summer because of the hatefulness of my job, but I'm bad at calling in sick. I'm totally convinced that karma will make me sick for my lying :P
Pistil Pistil 7 years
That'd be nice, but I don't usually play hookie.
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