Working life makes me too stressful, should I quit?

@sdas86 (6076)
Malaysia
September 13, 2011 4:11am CST
I am too stress with job and the tasks are too much that I can't even handle anymore. I am always sick due to overwhelming tasks. Should I quit? Or should I stay?
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23 responses
@Bluedoll (17069)
• Canada
13 Sep 11
You can look at all your options. They might include talking to your employer about this problem so that you can work together for solutions since stress does lower productivity in it is in both your interests, take time off rather than quit, talk to people outside your workplace such as doctor, council, friend, support group. Look for other work more suitable. See if a co-worker can take some of your work load. Find a way to change your outlook and smile even though the work is hard. Take more breaks and/or ways to make the work occur in smaller blocks, that is faster or differently so that more down time is achieved. Lower the stress if 'person' related by stopping communication from that source while finding new people to communicate with. Find more things that make you like your job and focus on those things, less on the other. Do not quit, give up or give in, you may feel guilty about that decision later but if you have to change your job(s)because you have limitations then you have to - to maintain your health. I do hope this has helped in some small way. Good luck!
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
13 Sep 11
Currently, my job is giving me too much stress that I am always sick. I will try to work again in my job tomorrow to see whether my boss still keeps pushing me. If he still continues doing so, I will have to quit my job and look for a better job.
@Bluedoll (17069)
• Canada
13 Sep 11
If you are sick you might need to take time off, true. By all means look for a better job and certainly you must do what you must do. You might want to consider finding another job before you quit though, as it is better, I think. In no way, do I think it is smart to hurt yourself, no do not do that, but I also think sometimes stress can be removed from the job and the work still be accomplished. One thing you can try since you have a pushy boss is to ignore the push but do the work still, if this makes sense to you, I hope. If the work is hard or damaging to your health then of course you need to address this but if the problem is simply 'stress' and more specifically personality stress such as a boss that is pushy with words, that can be reduced by behaviour. I think it would be wrong to talk back, fight or tell your boss something that would give this person a reason to fire you but it is not wrong to say nothing and simply do your best (your best is working without harm to you) regardless of a push to do more.
@yoniarnon (1081)
• Israel
13 Sep 11
I think and believe that if you suffering in you job, so you should change for another one.. But it very depend in some questions that you should ask yourself: Can you work for less hours, Can you live good without this job, From where would you get money, Can you find other job quickly.. Try ask yourself and decide if should you stay or leave
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
13 Sep 11
Hi, Thanks for the response. 1. Yes, I can work for less hours. 2. I can live good but I have to reduce spending without this job. 3. I will try to do some small business and make some extra income online. 4. Yes, I can find another job elsewhere but how soon will I get one, I am not sure. I would like to try somethings that I like to do to make some money. My current job is quite stressful in which I can't handle the stress properly which make me always sick.
@yoniarnon (1081)
• Israel
13 Sep 11
Ok so it sound like you can change your way of life If you ask me, I would advise first to work less hours, than try to find another job in your free time, or as you said try to do some small business Good luck And don't forget that health is the most important in life and happiness is very important to :)
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@GroWin (44)
• United Arab Emirates
15 Sep 11
Good Luck sdas86, How did the meeting with your boss go? Are things better? Are you Stress-free now? I have started a discussion about this issue but went like Do you Hate your job? Or BOSS? In your case it is obvious that it is your JOB and the tasks you are handling! NOTE: Always "smile", it makes a difference.
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 12
Hi GRoWin, I quit my job and have good rest at home. Now, I am jobless and still seeking for a job. I am very happy that I quit my job because I can finally rest and relax.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
13 Sep 11
That is one of those tough choices that none if us want to make. If it is making you sick and you are that overwelmed, something has to be done. Life is too short to allow yourself to be so unhappy. Now I know that work is part of life and there are very few people that are lucky enough to do something they love...but that is very different from being miserable. I think that I would consider other options if I knew I couldn't make things better at my current job. Take care and try to get some rest.
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
16 Sep 11
Yes, I agree, life is too short to be unhappy. So, I have decided to leave.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
13 Sep 11
I think that in the case that a job makes you sick you need to look into WHY...is it stress is it environment...and whatever it is either talk to the employer see if the stress level can be changed perhaps the duties etc. Or is it a case of you really hate your job...and then maybe start lookign for something that makes you happier...
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
16 Sep 11
I am looking for new job now and have decided to resign. It would be better for me to look for a new environment and restart.
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
13 Sep 11
As not to be able to move is distressing ,in day today existence to be engaged in something all the time is one of blessedness. Work in every respect is to be cherished with utmost reverence. The glory and elegance of it is never lost.
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
16 Sep 11
Hi, Thanks for the response.
13 Sep 11
I think better you quit from your job or take a long break from work.It is not good for health if you are stressed continuously,and we should not forget health is wealth.
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
16 Sep 11
I agree with you. I have made up my mind and I have decided to resign.
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
13 Sep 11
Quit, it's not worth it if you always feel like that. No money is worth all the stress and a bad health. Take time for yourself, write down what you would like to do, how to calm yourself down and how to de-stress. Ask yourself what would really make you happy. Don't forget you will lose the contacts with co-workers etc and you have to make a new life scedule for yourself at home. Keep the list so it will remember you why you made this choice. you might need it when you are feeling lonesome or are out of money.
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
13 Sep 11
Thanks for your advice. I am going to quit.
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
If you can't handle the pressure anymore and if it makes you physically sick, then quit the job but find a new one first. It is difficult these days to land a job. There are lots of competition, and hunting for a new one will take again time since you will be with other job hunters. But do as you would like, if you feel you can't stay anymore with the job you have, then its time to go. But if the only problem is that you tend to get pressured by your boss or the working environment does not fit you, well, I can say that still to pursue.
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
13 Sep 11
I have been sick for quite long time due to working stress. I will discuss with my boss and then I will resign if can't handle it.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
well if you can quit, why not quit your work. hehe i think sometimes we have to choose and when your health is sacrificed i guess you should know which to choose then... :D
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
13 Sep 11
Agree. I think I will discuss with my boss tomorrow and I feel that it is time to leave.
@SIMPLYD (79716)
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
If your stress in that work is making you sick, then it's time to consider quitting. Maybe you can take a rest for a while and later apply for job that is no so stressing. Health is wealth so they say, so what's the use working in that job if it's what makes you sick.
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
13 Sep 11
I totally agree with you. What is the point working in a job that always make me sick. Job should be happy and make people feel fulfill and enjoy. Sick is the reason I am thinking of quiting my job.
• Philippines
26 Nov 11
You should stay removing your stress can be hard but I can help. First you should let your body relax and think of a nice and thoughtful way to remove stress massaging your head is also the other thing or try a mind game or drink warm green tea those are the thing that may help you in removing your stress
@taheraa (1547)
• Giza, Egypt
3 Oct 11
Hi, your problem may be you can not able to organize your work, some work need from you to do as soon as possible and others need to delay and some need to descard. you need also to minimize your telephon answers and try to get your telephon reply as short as you can. So if the problem is still exist, do not quit unti you have another suitable work. My best regards Taher
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@dlpierce (488)
• United States
15 Sep 11
It really sounds like you need a change. If the job you're working is making you sick, it's time to find another. Sometimes even taking a pay cut will be worth changing jobs if you enjoy what you are doing.
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
16 Sep 11
Finally I decided to resign. So, I have made up my mind to do so.
14 Sep 11
I would say for to keep it as in our current economy people are finding it hard to get a job, but if you could get a job now that you would enjoy, why not do it? But i would recommend for you to apply somewhere else while still employed so you don't become unemployed
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
16 Sep 11
I am going to rest myself for awhile before going into a new job.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
13 Sep 11
What will it cost you if you quit? Is there a way that you can step back and look at your job with a different point of view? Can you see that the fact that you are reacting emotionally that is causing your stress? Many jobs are less then wonderful but if you can find a way to hold on to this one do it, at least until you find another. Blessings
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
16 Sep 11
I have re-think about it several times and it is my final decision to let go and look for a new one.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
16 Sep 11
Hi das, don't quit the job. Life is not easy. You have to face many problems. Be courageous. Definitely you will be able to handle all your hard tasks. You will be free of stress.
@brew2x (3096)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
Reading your post made me think instantly that you should quit. Your health is being affected by your job and it is definitely not a good thing. Immediately look for a job that will best suit your needs. Also I wish you could take a vacation so that you can relax a bit.
@Rosa26 (2620)
• United States
14 Sep 11
I think what you should do is begin to apply for jobs in the internet, jobs that feel attracted to, I wouldn't advise anybody to stay in a job that doesn't make you feel good, so begin to investigate about another job and you find it quit. But if you have some extra income you can quit because being without job is better than get sick.
@maezee (32269)
• United States
14 Sep 11
Can you really do without working? In this economy I would say that most people would answer that question with a big fat NO - I would say don't pass up the opportunity to make the income you're making. Perhaps it's all about time & stress management - you need to learn how to cope with what's going on around you, get everything done, and manage to do it all without driving yourself insane. This is problematic for a lot of people... But I think stress is all in your mind. Otherwise you could ask your boss for a cut in hours or a position with slightly less of a workload so long as the pay cut isn't terrible..