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Why do I feel so much relief and anxiety after having just put my 2 weeks notice in at work?

Posted Aug 01 2010 1:21pm

I hate the place I work, I hate my job, it is soooo stressful and all I asked for was a week off, and they said they couldn’t give it to me, so, I put my 2 weeks notice in. Well, actually I simply told them I will not be showing up on August 9th–13th which is the time I had requested off, so, I said, I guess you better hire someone to replace me. I feel so good about it, but the only issue is, I don’t have another job, so, I am feeling a bit of anxiety at the same time, but, the relief definately outweighs the anxiety as I have faith God will provide a new job for me. So, why do I feel this way?

I did the same thing at my work, they wouldn’t give me leave so I gave them my resignation.

I did it because they wouldn’t give me leave that I’d requested 9 months in advance though and the policy is 6 months in advance. Because another girl was having that month off who wasn’t even in the same role as me they wouldn’t give it to me.

Requesting leave now for August seems extremely tight to me I wouldn’t even atempt to ask for that at my old job, I’m assuming your work has a different policy and works a different way to mine. Was this leave for something urgent? Surgery? Funeral? (PS at my work one girl wasn’t allowed to take leave for her father in laws funeral who she was very close to because they said it’s not immediate family)

Anyway, whether you did the right thing or not in terms of asking for leave, you’ve given your resignation now and it sounds like you did the right thing in terms of your self and your own life. If this job was giving you so much grief and your so relieved to be rid of it, this leave situation was probably the push you needed to get out.

Life is too short to in a job you don’t like. Too many people waste years and years on the wrong job because they are too scared to change. I’m not sure what industry your in or what qualifications you have but I’m sure you will find new work soon enough. Anxiety is a perfectly normal thing to feel at this time, that fear and anxiety is what keeps people in jobs they hate for so long, be happy you’ve broke through that and ride out this anxiety as a normal part of the transition, let it help drive you to your next carrer move.

Maybe this is a time you should really sit down and think what you really want to do with your life. Do you want to go back to the same kind of work? Is there a carrer direction you’ve always been attracted to but never had that push to seek out? Maybe you want to start your own business? (and take leave whenever you like).

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