I agree that the flexibility is definitely a big plus and my supervisors are very understanding, however, my biggest problem right now is the brain fog which leaves me incapable of articulating myself to a publishable standard. I can sit at my computer for an hour or two and have only produced a single sentence, ultimately triggering my negative thought processes and causing my anxiety and stress to blow up
I also feel that a career in research exacerbates my tendency to overthink and spend my life in my head to the point where I don't have any energy left over to enjoy myself or socialise.
I'm hopeful that after taking some time out that I'll be able to return to academia and learn to live a more balanced life, but I'm trying to prepare myself for the possibility that perhaps I'm just not capable of pursuing a mentally demanding job and that I'd be better off pursuing a career that doesn't bring out my susceptibilities to anxiety, overthinking, and perfectionism and allows me to leave my work at the office at the end of the day without taking it home with me, and to actually just live, if that makes sense.
I'm fortunate enough to have sufficient funds set aside which would allow me to take some time off to sort my head out so I'm toying with the idea of getting certified as a freediving instructor, which I believe would encourage me to learn to relax (the more relaxed you are the deeper and longer you can dive) and also require me to work with people on a day to day basis as opposed to shutting myself away for days on end in the lab.