And the reason for my sickness absence, as certified by my GP is…… “Life Stress”! Seriously HRspy’s ears are steaming (that said probably marginally less so than the HR professional that received the note). “Life Stress” indeed. Yes, life can be stressful, yes you still need to pay the mortgage and no – the fact that you were dating 3 women and one dumped you is not a good reason not to turn up for work citing “life stress”. Thank you for your resignation and the offending note to cover your notice period, which FYI will be SSP only.