5 Signs It’s Time to Quit the Job You Hate
Hate is a very strong word. A word most of us never want to use to describe our job or career. Sometimes though, it is the only word best fit to describe the dread of every work day and the agony of spending 40 hours or more a week surrounded by people you’d rather not be around, in an environment that is anything but fulfilling.
I’m weeellll aware I just used hate, dread, and agony in the same paragraph. I also know I may seem a bit overdramatic but if you’ve been there, are currently there, or think you may be there, you know exactly the feeling I’m trying to describe.
Although you may feel this way or similar, quitting a job you hate is not always that easy. Quitting sounds pretty darn good but then again... what if you just stick it through this rough patch. Things will get better right? You love some of the people you work with, there has been some progress…maybe sticking it out would be best. Not always.
Honestly, I’ve been stuck in this grey area for the last 6 months. I think it’s safe to say, if you’ve considered leaving a job for longer than 6 months, you probably should!
Because I’m a natural overthinker, I had to think about things for an extended amount of time. Finally though, I decided it was time to move the hell on.
If I would have been more conscious of a few things going on over this time, I would have taken the leap waaaaay sooner. I’m here to share these tips with you in hopes that you do not get stuck like me and instead make the right decision sooner.
1. Your Job Dissatisfaction is Spilling Over into Your Personal Life
This is soooo absolutely important. If you’re so unhappy with your career that this unhappiness is affecting your personal life, you have got to make a change soon.
Careers are a way for us to pay our bills, purchase things that make us happy, vacation, experience other countries, and so on. Careers do this at the bare minimum. However, if you’re doing something you love, something you’re passionate about, and something that brings you happiness, you get the best of both worlds: money, happiness, and experience.
You deserve to be happy in a career that you love. Do not get stuck somewhere just for the money. It is not worth it.
2. It’s All About the Paycheck
I’m going to say this again: do not get stuck in a career you hate because you don’t want to give up the cozy biweekly lump sum of cash money. I know it’s hard, trust me, that’s partly why it took me so long to make the decision to leave. It’s hard but it must be done.
There is plenty of money out there for you to make. Take some time to figure things out, you will find other opportunities for money making.
Don’t let money trap you. You deserve much better!
3. Sunday Night Blues Feel More Like Depression
Most people aren’t the happiest about returning to work on Monday after an amazing weekend. Most people look forward to the weekend. Most people don’t feel extremely down on Sundays, absolutely dread Mondays, and count down the seconds until the weekend.
If you find yourself in a terrible mood Monday-Wednesday, spirits lifting on Thursday, and absolutely ecstatic on Friday, you really need to rethink your career. You should not dread work every week.
We spend far too much time at our place of employment to hate every second of it.
4. Your Body Says So
Our bodies speak to us in ways you may not have even noticed. While you’re driving to work does your stomach feel like it’s full of butterflies? Does your anxiety shoot through the roof? Do you instantly become grumpier?
The thing about stress is that it does not only affect our mental health but also our physical health. You may feel increased back pain, stomach pain, irritability. Do any of these sound familiar? If so, it may be your body’s way of telling you you need to quit.
Listen to your body. It knows more about what you need than you think.
5. You Feel Undervalued
You’re working your ass off, staying late, and picking up extra responsibilities but everything you’re doing seems to go unnoticed. You’re boss is still riding your ass and could care less about how much your trying and contributing to the company.
A simple thank you would mean the world but you never or very rarely get it. I know you shouldn’t value everything you do based on the acceptance or appreciation from others but in this case, if you’re feeling undervalued, it’s time to find somewhere that will appreciate you.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to work somewhere that makes you feel better.
Does a lot of this resonate with you? Do you feel like I explained most of what you’re feeling? If so, it may be the perfect time for you to quit your job.
If you’re waiting for a sign, this is your sign! It’s time to change your life for the better!
I’d love to hear your success stories! Please comment them below.
Check out my post 3 Tips for Maintaining your Mental Health at a Difficult Job for ways to manage your mental health while still working there.