From the time that other kids were fighting over who got to be the mom while we played house, I knew that having an awesome career would be important to me. Instead of being “mom” I always wanted to be the older sister who had a cool job and traveled a lot. True story. I started working when I was 14 and have been working steadily since then.
I’ve been very fortunate to work my way up in large corporations and have had opportunities to learn many areas of business across multiple industries. So many times, people have asked me about my career path because I was so young for my role. I thrived while working for consulting firms (which are notoriously challenging and competitive). I was honestly making good money, traveling to some really fun places and I was making fantastic connections.
The catch is that I was deeply unhappy. I was constantly anxious and depressed. Even when I wasn’t working, I had this awful feeling in my chest. I couldn’t sleep. I wasn’t eating healthy. On the surface, I was happy but it was all fake.
Then one day, I went to the doctor for a routine checkup and we had the talk. My blood pressure was high and climbed higher every time I came in for an appointment. My weight was becoming unhealthy. Bottom line is that I had to make some changes. Not only was this job hurting me emotionally but I could see the actual effects to my health. That is what finally pushed me to make changes.
If this story resonates with you, I want to encourage you to join me in making a change. We have to choose the path that is best for our health, well-being and livelihood. Some of the signs that it might be time to make a change are:
- You’re sick more often. Maybe you are sleep deprived and stressed. Or have you found that you are going on doctor’s visits for more conditions? Harvard and Stanford released a study that indicates workplace tension can cut up to three years from your life.
- Toxic work environment. Are your coworkers hostile? Maybe your boss is a backstabber. If you are constantly surrounded by this type of negativity, it can be difficult to want to go to work and do your best every day.
- You hate going to work. Dig deep and figure out what is really bothering you. Is there a specific task or is it the people you are working with (see #2).
- You’re concerned about the financial stability of your company. Sometimes the writing is on the wall and you need to protect yourself.
- You have no time for yourself. Work-life balance is really important and if you aren’t getting it, it might be time to find a job that will.