I am incredibly run down. I have small kids, the youngest only a few months old, and she never sleeps more than one hour at a time. I'm constantly getting flu, chest infections, cold sores, migraines etc. etc. and have repeatedly slipped a disc in my back from picking up / putting down baby (and historic, pre-existing back issues). I am really struggling with work and have had several short sick absences since returning from mat leave. I feel unable to cope with the demands of motherhood and the demands of teaching at the moment and feel very weepy and overwhelmed when reading work emails and trying to plan lessons. I can sit for 3 hours trying to plan one simple lesson and my brain just won't work. I've always been a good teacher and have had nothing but 1s and 2s for every obs. However, I'm planning on leaving at the end of this academic year and I'm worried that my positive history might be overshadowed - on a reference - by these many sick absences. So - I keep having absences of a few days while I get over the most recent illness and then I push myself to get back to work and get ill again within a week or a fortnight. I'm now wondering - would I be better getting signed off for, say, a half term to try and get myself a chance to recuperate? I don't know if I'm suffereing from stress, or post natal depression or whether I'm just exhausted. I don't know what to do. Any advice greatly appreciated!