7 Warning Signs You Need A New Job

You can prevent these possibilities by recognizing some of the signs that your job is unsustainable, before the situation reaches a crisis status

You can prevent these possibilities by recognizing some of the signs that your job is unsustainable, before the situation reaches a crisis status.


1. You are already thinking about finding a new job. Barring the occasional, bad-day-induced, "I need a new job, now!," if you've already been mulling over the thought of leaving your job, chances are, that rumination is happening for a good reason.

If your dislike for your job, your co-workers, or your boss is constantly on your mind, you should take that as a sign that it's time to start job searching.

2. Your conversations with your family and friends become dominated by complaints and laments about your work day. If every dinner conversation starts and ends with a negative commentary about your day at work, it might be time to find a job that will incite not complaints but instead productive discussion about your professional challenges, lessons learned, and the day's highlights.

3. You find yourself frequently dreaming about retirement - even if you’re young. Do you spend all day dreaming about retirement, calculating the years, months, and days until the time comes? Don't spend your professional life in countdown mode. Instead, take that feeling and use it as motivation to find a position that is satisfying and emotionally fulfilling.

4. Your sleep patterns have been disrupted. You have difficulty getting to sleep, or you wake up during the night with worries about your job. Sleep is very important to your health, and job-induced stress can be a cause of poor sleep. Unfortunately, this can exacerbate a difficult situation, making a bad job seem even worse.

Being tired all the time can make everything seem like a challenge.

5. You have developed headaches, frequent colds, or other physical symptoms of stress. Your physical health can sometimes be an indicator of your mental health, and if you're feeling generally sick or have a sense of enduring malaise, your job might be to blame. If your job is making you sick, that’s a good indicator that it’s time to look for a new position.

6. You have increased your consumption of alcohol or drugs to escape your problems. While it's okay to relax with a glass of wine after work, your day shouldn't be driving you to down a bottle or pour glass after glass of vodka tonic. If you find that your work is causing your copious consumption of alcohol, drugs or cigarettes, you should take some time to reflect on your professional situation.

7. Your appetite is suppressed, or you are eating more than usual. Some people turn to food in the same way they do to drugs and alcohol, but stress can also cause you to lose your appetite overall. If you’re eating or drinking too much because of stress at work, it’s a sign that this may not be the job for you.

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Source:Thebalance.com/Alison Doyle
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