Why I Quit Work For My Mental Health
I quit work without having another job lined up. I even left without giving two weeks notice. Why? Several reasons.
First of all, even though I had amazing co-workers, the job was physically and mentally demanding. Having to be nice to all sorts of people who are wealthy, snobby, and used to things being done their way while standing up for eight hours a day was too much for me.
Because it was so mentally and physically draining, I couldn’t work on schoolwork or writing on the days I worked. I was too tired and in pain to be of much use to anyone.
Plus, we didn’t get many breaks. I only got one 30 minute break, and that was only if my shift was above five hours. If it was less than five hours, there was no break. Not even a fifteen-minute one.
We were overworked and understaffed. Everyone was not pulling their share, and some of the co-workers were disrespectful to everyone else. Most them were great though. However, the few that weren’t brought the whole morale down.
I tried to quit once, but I and was manipulated into working three days a week for eight hours. Whether it was my inability to say no or whether it was the boss’s insistence, I walked out of that room hating myself for not sticking to my guns.
The schedule was terrible. We never had enough people to get done what needed to be done.
The gossip mill was active. And when I heard the boss talking about me and how I was “always sick” (I had called off due to mental health reasons before I quit. The number of times was at least three days over four weeks) I decided I couldn’t go back.
It was stressing me out. It was the single most stressful thing in my life and left me not enough time to work on schoolwork and all the other things I needed to get done. I felt as though my mental health was deteriorating. I would only think negatively about work, and I dreaded going in every day.
Even though I don’t have a steady paycheck now, I am feeling much better. I am in a better mood and am more productive in school and my writing. I am searching for freelancing jobs I can do for income instead so I can continue to support myself, but I trust that everything will work itself out.
I chose my mental health over a job, and I am glad I did it. I was hesitant to quit because everyone was telling me I shouldn’t. In the end, I knew what was best for me, and I did it, despite what everyone else thought.