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Five Signs You Want to Quit Your Job

Updated on April 6, 2018
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Sadie Holloway is a speaker and workshop facilitator who enjoys helping people find their passion and pursue their dream careers.

Employment-related stress is a common symptom of today's modern work world. People are putting in longer hours, spending more time commuting and being asked to stay connected to the job 24/7 thanks to the proliferation of smart-gadgets and social media.

Here are five signs your gut is telling you it might be time to change jobs and move on, even if you’re scared to quit.

Is your intuition pushing you towards the exit door?

Learn more about the signals that your heart and head are telling you it might be time to quit a job you can no longer tolerate.
Learn more about the signals that your heart and head are telling you it might be time to quit a job you can no longer tolerate. | Source

1. Sunday night jitters are keeping you awake. Most people feel an occasional ping in their stomach on a Sunday night when the weekend is ending and the workweek will be starting up again soon. But if occasional Sunday night jitters start to turn into persistent feelings of dread, insomnia, and depression, that’s a strong sign that you've had enough of your job. (Remember: If your feelings of fear and anxiety become unmanageable, seek support from a qualified healthcare professional.)

2. Your body has a strong physical reaction when you walk into the office. Or perhaps you do a mental happy dance when you arrive at work and find out that the boss won’t be in for the day. If you are noticing that your mood changes when you enter your workplace or you bristle when you hear your boss call your name, that’s a pretty strong sign that it might be time develop an exit plan.

Your gut might be trying to tell you something.

Stress is an inevitable side-effect of being part of the modern world of 21st century work. It doesn't matter if you have a white-collar or blue-collar job.
Stress is an inevitable side-effect of being part of the modern world of 21st century work. It doesn't matter if you have a white-collar or blue-collar job. | Source

3. You have no life. Do you think your job is having a negative impact on your home life? If your relationships have started to deteriorate and you're so busy at work that you've started to neglect your emotional health, ask yourself what’s more important: a job that brings you very little joy or a satisfying social life that meets your emotional needs? If you want to know when it's time to quit, the quality of your personal relationships and your overall sense of well-being are top indicators that will signal it's time to consider moving on.

4. You don’t feel like you fit in at work anymore. Has a toxic work environment pushed you out of the inner circle of communication? Do you feel like organizational planning that you'd normally be a part of is being carried on without you? If you think you're being deliberately isolated from your work peers or your boss is shutting you out, that might be a sign that the company is planning to move forward, without you.

Being stuck in a job you don't like can feel incredibly lonely.


5. You are looking for ways to explain your uneasy feelings about your job. It’s not easy knowing when to let go and quit your job. That’s why so many people search for tips about quitting online. The mind often seeks reassurance in some way. Perhaps by reading about other people’s thoughts on when to step down from a stressful job, you might find it easier to decide what to do. Going online to look for articles about whether or not you should quit your job is a sign that mentally you are ready for a change. Turning to the internet to understand your uneasy feelings at work and to find anonymous support from other people who are stressed out about their jobs too is a clue that you’re having doubts about whether not you should stay or go.

You may have noticed one of these physical signs from your mind and body that it might be time to quit. Maybe you've noticed all five of them. Or perhaps you had your own strong gut reaction that isn't on this list of signs it's time to quit. There is no 100% foolproof way to know out if it's time to quit. But if you are willing to trust your gut and accept the reality that quitting your job will always involve an element of risk, then it will be easier for you to know when it's time to go.

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When you are trying to make any big life decision (i.e.; leaving a bad relationship, quitting, letting go of a toxic friendship), remember that you are the expert of your own life. Only you can decide if quitting is the right thing to do.

There are receptors to these molecules in your immune system, in your gut and in your heart. So when you say, 'I have a gut feeling' or 'my heart is sad' or 'I am bursting with joy,' you're not speaking metaphorically. You're speaking literally.

— Deepak Chopra

© 2017 Sadie Holloway


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