Why I Quit My Job Without Another Job

Why I Quit My Job Without Another Job

Why I Quit My Job Without Another Job

If you’re reading this, you are probably wondering whether or not you should quit your job. Either that, or you’re wondering what the heck would encourage someone to quit their full-time job without another job lined up. It isn’t a decision to take lightly by any means, but hopefully my story can help shed light on the experience.

I quit my full-time job on October 12, 2018. I didn’t have another job lined up. I hadn’t even applied for other jobs. I had honestly hated this job since the first week, but I was too scared to quit because of the financial element and because I was afraid of blemishing my resume. Eventually though, it got to the point where it was something I knew I had to do in order to preserve my mental and physical health.

Anyway, if you’re wondering whether you should quit your full-time job, or if you’re just interested in listening to my experience, let’s dive in.

Why I Quit my Job Without Another

I was scared to ask for help.

I was brought in as an external hire for a position a lot of people get promoted into, so it is understandable that I would have some catching up to do. I was given the exact same amount of training as anyone else, and my first day where I wasn’t being trained was the busiest day of the week. For the most part, I was treated like I should have already known what I was doing, and sometimes my superiors would even be irritated that I was asking for their help. You know who DID want to help me? The people I was supposed to be supervising… which was kind of them but ultimately unfair and shouldn’t have been their responsibility.

I had turned into a jerk.

I was so miserable at work that my irritability had started to bleed into my personal life. I was short-tempered and snappy with family and friends. I would either complain about work every second I could, or I would bottle all my emotions up and they’d seep out through my actions. I was miserable to be around. When I was actually at work, I pretended to be happy and spread positivity because I was so unhappy there, but I didn’t have the energy anymore for that after I left the building.

I knew I wouldn’t perform well in job interviews.

I was not in the mental state for the confidence required for job interviews. My confidence and self-esteem were destroyed because of how my job made me feel. There was absolutely no way I could sell myself to potential employers on cover letters or in an interview setting. Not to mention, I was so stressed out that trying to coordinate and schedule job interviews felt like trying to dig a hole in the ground with a spoon.

Related: 10 Telltale Signs Your Job is Making You Miserable

My work/life balance was non-existent.

I had literally no work/life balance whatsoever and I was too tired most of the time to do anything after work. Instead of hanging out with friends, I just wanted to come home and tune out. When I did go out, I constantly thought about work and my deadlines and my email inbox, so it wasn’t even fun. Days off didn’t even feel like days off because I still thought about work constantly. My specific job did not require me to take work home with me. I never even set up my email inbox to receive emails at home because it didn’t matter, yet I still thought about work constantly when I was trying to relax.

My health was declining.

My mental health and physical health were suffering. I felt exhausted no matter how much sleep I got.  I wasn’t taking care of my body or feeding it nourishing food. My anxiety was at an all-time high, when normally it was manageable, and I had never experienced extreme job-related anxiety/panic before. I felt jittery and panicked most of the time and I could never quite put my finger on it.

I cried… a lot.

I found myself crying before work, at work, and after work multiple times per week. That is NOT normal and it is NOT okay, even for an emotional person like myself. Nowhere was safe! I would cry everywhere… in the bathroom, in the break room, in the HR office, in my car, etc. I would even cry at home. Sometimes I didn’t even know why I was crying.

I often sought out articles like this one.

I didn’t trust my own perception of my situation, and for a long time I thought I was overreacting. I ended up finding the strength to quit my job partially by reading others’ experiences.

If you feel like it’s time to quit…

Honestly, if you’re already wondering whether or not you should quit your job, you probably should seriously consider it. Your intuition knows more than you consciously realize.

If you have the financial means necessary and you feel like your job is seriously affecting your mental or physical health, get out. Please get out. I quit my job almost three months ago, and I have only recently gotten my mental health, self-esteem, and confidence levels back up to where they were before I started working there.

If you don’t have the finances to just quit, try to see if you can reduce your hours and/or save some money so you can live off those savings while you find another job. It may be beneficial to look into temp jobs and/or volunteer opportunities so you can keep your resume current if that is a concern for you.

I always recommend giving a notice unless your job is literally abusive. I hated my job, but it was not at the point where I was abused or harassed.

Related: How to Cope with Guilt after Leaving a Toxic Job

If you need support…

When I quit my job without another job, I was scared. I had a strong support system and a boyfriend and family who were willing to support me, but I was terrified and felt like a failure. But I knew it was something I needed to do, and looking back I feel like it taught me a lot. If you’re going through something similar, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you feel comfortable doing so.

If you feel like you need professional mental health services, try to seek out providers who practice on a sliding scale fee. You might have better luck seeking out private practices. If you also happen to be in college, see if your campus offers free or reduced mental health services.

Jobs take up a lot of our time. We all deserve to have jobs that don’t steal our happiness constantly. Whatever your job situation may be, I wish you the best.


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  1. January 7, 2019 / 4:22 pm

    It was probably the hardest thing to do at the time but it sounds like you totally did the right thing. I hope you feel better and I hope you find your dream job soon. I’ve done that twice in my life and whilst it’s scary, I think that sometimes you need to hit rock bottom before you can climb up. I wish you all the best x

    • Jackie
      January 8, 2019 / 1:56 am

      Hi Rachael! It was SO hard and I 100% agree that sometimes you have to go really low before you can make a comeback. Thanks for reading!

  2. January 8, 2019 / 6:02 pm

    I’m so glad you were able to step out of an environment that was breaking you down. You’re absolutely right—if work is causing your mental health to decline like this, it’s important to take action! Best wishes in finding the right fit, and I hope in the meantime you’re able to dedicate those hours to The Vibrant Dreamer instead! 🙂

    • Jackie
      January 9, 2019 / 1:57 pm

      I have definitely been devoting way more hours to my blog since I quit my job! I was too exhausted to even start my blog when I was working at that job!! Thanks for reading!

  3. Modern Moms Club
    January 9, 2019 / 11:00 am

    Omg, I felt this to my core. My job depressed my core which turned around and affected everyone in my household. I wish your blog journey the best!

    • Jackie
      January 9, 2019 / 1:57 pm

      It sounds like you got out of your situation too which is great! Thanks for reading!

  4. tealeafprophecy
    February 7, 2019 / 5:53 pm

    This hits so close to home for me! Literally in the exact situation now but it’s weird how quitting actually has kicked my butt to do something about it! 🙂

    • Jackie
      February 8, 2019 / 1:03 am

      Quitting my job was one of the best things I ever did! I’m glad you could relate! Thanks for reading!

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