Going to talk about something on a bit heavier note. I am currently experiencing the (very slow) death of a loved one. It's taking a toll on me and my mental health and it's one of the hardest things I've ever had to deal with.
I work in retail (unfortunately). While I normally am pretty peppy, today I just...wasn't. And people in my workplace were visibly upset that I wasn't smiling. I get it, put on a brave face for the customers, "leave your problems at the door", etc. But I also feel as if it is okay if I don't have happy days all the time. I am allowed to feel more than one emotion, much to corporate's disdain.
But what made me feel so much worse was my colleagues telling me things like "you should smile more," "way to be a ray of sunshine," and even one boss calling me "babygirl" to get me to smile. Once I told him not to do that he replied "so what am I supposed to do to get you to smile?" I felt disgusted and even worse that people were on my case about not having a *facial expression*.
Does anyone have any advice on how to handle grief/mourning and working? I haven't been faced with this obstacle before so I'm not sure what to do. Any advice is appreciated.