I have just been signed off work for 2 weeks with anxiety, completely as a result of work and I am wondering what is allowed when off sick. Am I allowed to go out, for example to the cinema or swimming during this time? My partner has suggested these activities will help me take my mind off school but what if I get caught 'enjoying myself'? Will it look like I am simply workshy and lazy? I was reluctant to get signed off in the first place due to the fear that it makes me look like I am bunking off work but after having 3 panic attacks in the space of 12 hours after never having had one before in my life, I came to realise that I needed to be away from work for my own sanity. I have spoken to my union rep but he was quite vague about it, even suggesting that I should scale back on my normal 'public' life, things like doing the school run and taking my son to scouts and his football club in case I get seen and reported to my school looking like there is nothing wrong with me. To be honest i am feeling really awful now-i have tried so hard to shield my children from my anxiety and worries, if I don't do the normal everyday stuff I know they will ask questions, plus I think it would make me feel worse and that school is encroaching even more on my family, one of the very reasons I am feeling so stressed in the first place!