How to Know It’s Time to Quit Your Job
There’s nothing set in stone that says the career path you’ve chosen needs to be the direction you travel for the rest of your life.
Don’t take the above statement the wrong way. Anyone happy with their current profession should stick to what they’re doing. Don’t fix what isn’t broken. And don’t reinvent the wheel.
Moreover, some people are satisfied enough with what they’re doing to stick it out, even if their current career isn’t a dream. After all, some people prioritize their quality of life above all else. And they don’t care about loving their job, as long as they feel happy and healthy otherwise.
Still, there comes the point in time where dissatisfied professionals must move on. In these instances, you might be held back by the common insecurities involved in making a drastic change. However, the long-term ramifications of not switching your profession will far outweigh any short-term blips after altering your career path.
This blog’s aim is to let you know when it’s time to move forward and seek a new career:
Your Current Career is Damaging Your Mental Health
Job satisfaction and mental health will forever be closely linked. After all, work is where you’ll be spending 90,000 hours of your lifetime. If something leaves you perpetually upset, frustrated or stressed, it’s bound to weigh you down.
Keep in mind, satisfaction isn’t necessarily about money (although it could be a factor). Some people are happy working in careers where they’re treated well and have lots of freedom/room to grow. It’s really about what you want.
At the end of the day, you don’t need a job that literally puts you on cloud 9 every second of the day. Careers come with some level of stress and will present challenges. What matters is that you find something that benefits your mental health and doesn’t detract from it.
Meaningful Relationships in your Life Are Suffering
There’s the old notion that “taking work home with you” is a bad thing. And it’s entirely correct.
The general idea is that you need a clear divide between your personal and professional lives. Sure, the more advanced you get in your career, you might work a few extra hours during what’s supposed to be your free time. But you can do that while maintaining essential boundaries if you’re in your preferred career.
However, when you bring a job’s negatives into your personal relationships and lash out, that’s a bad sign. It means the stresses and turmoil of your current career have bled into more critical facets of your life.
Anyone whose career is damaging their relationship should reevaluate and look into a more fulfilling path.
Physical Ailments Are Being Caused By Your Chronic Stress
Chronic stress manifests itself into an array of physical symptoms, from muscle stiffness to migraines and insomnia.
These levels of stress are typically associated with low levels of job satisfaction. There is a snowball effect to all of this. Namely, you might find yourself with blood pressure problems and even heart issues, to name a couple of potential pitfalls.
In fact, chronic job stress is linked to heart disease.
Something else to consider is how being unhappy in a career could lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices. One example is how job dissatisfaction is linked to heavy drinking, severely damaging one’s body over time.
Don’t let your body deteriorate due to unhappiness with your current career. Make a positive change—it’s easier than you think.
Are you dissatisfied with your current job and looking to transition into a more engaging, rewarding, and fulfilling career? Then working in the recruitment field is a path worth considering. You’ll have room to grow and the freedom to prioritize your well-being while maintaining your personal relationships.
Contact RHM Staffing today to learn more.