I have reached a point where each day I feel in pain and headache for not being able to handle the stress at work. I really think I cannot take it anymore and will get ill if I just keep working without taking a few days off.
I am sure that I will be more productive if I return with a fresh mind and body and have better insight, start from scratch with addressing the multitude of issues. But I need to hit the "reset button" sooner than later!
The only thing this will mean is that I will have to escape from the problems/responsibilities for some time, which is obviously not good for the company - and may not look professional.
As an alternative, could I just say I suddenly got ill from fatigue/exhaustion and go to a retreat/holiday/outdoors?