The Sunday Night Blues: Is It Time to Find a New Job?

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It's Sunday night, and you're getting ready for the start of a new week. Suddenly, a wave of anxiety hits you out of nowhere, and you can't seem to shake it off. You have no idea where it's coming from, but it's a feeling that's all too familiar, yet unexpected after spending a fun and relaxing weekend with your loved ones.


Ever thought that these Sunday night blues could be a result of your job? The stress and unhappiness that come with it can manifest in mysterious ways. Well, you're not alone. Many people have been where you are right now. Here are some telltale signs that it might be time to move on and find a new job:

You dread going to work

If you're constantly feeling stressed, anxious, or unhappy at work, it can spill over into other areas of your life and affect your relationships, your sleep, and your physical health.

It's important we pay attention to these feelings and recognize when they become a pattern. If you're feeling dread or anxiety about going to work every day, it may be time for a change.

While it's perfectly normal to have occasional bad days or stressful periods at work, your job should not make you miserable. Ignoring these feelings can lead to burnout, and prolonged stress can have many negative effects on your health, some of which can take a long time to recover from. Bottom line is, nothing is worth sacrificing your well-being!

You're not growing professionally

When you're not seeing any professional growth, it's easy to get bored, lose motivation, and feel like you're stuck in a rut. It's like you're treading water instead of moving forward. Take a step back and evaluate whether your current job is meeting your needs for growth and development. Are you learning new things and expanding your skillset? Or do you feel like you've hit a dead end and there's no room for advancement?

If you’re feeling stuck, it’s time to get out of there. Maybe that means seeking out new opportunities within your current organization. Or maybe it's time to invest in yourself and pursue additional education or training. Or sometimes we just outgrow our current positions and need to move on to something bigger and better. There’s no shame in that.

You're not being challenged

If your job has become a little too easy and you're not being challenged, it can start to feel like you're just going through the motions. And that's a recipe for boredom and lack of motivation.

There are plenty of ways to find new challenges. Sometimes, you can find them within your current role. Talk to your boss about taking on new projects or responsibilities that will push you outside of your comfort zone and help you continue to develop. Or maybe it's finding a new job with more responsibilities and room for growth.


At the end of the day, the key is to keep pushing yourself to grow and learn. That's what will keep you engaged and fulfilled in your career, no matter where it takes you.

You don't feel valued or appreciated

This can take many forms - perhaps you're not getting recognized or rewarded for your contributions, or maybe you feel like your ideas aren't being taken seriously. It's even possible that you're being treated unfairly, which is never okay.

And feeling unappreciated can be especially demotivating. It's like you're shouting into a void, and nobody's listening. But here's the thing - you don't have to put up with this. You deserve to work in a place that values your contributions and respects you as a professional.

Your work-life balance is off

When your work-life balance is off, you might notice a few red flags like working long hours and weekends or bringing work home with you. You find yourself not making time for things that used to be important to you, like hobbies, exercise, or spending time with loved ones. Work is just always on your mind, even when you're not in the office.

This could be resolved by setting better boundaries, so you're not constantly on call. Or maybe it's about making time for the things that matter to you, even if it means saying no to work sometimes. Whatever it is, the key is to be intentional about finding that balance. Prioritize your well-being, and you'll find that everything else falls into place.

Your values don't align with the company's values

When your personal values and the company's values don't match up, it can create a sense of dissonance or even conflict. It's like you're speaking a different language, and it can be hard to find common ground.

But how do you know if your values align with those of your company? There are a few things you can look at. Start by examining the company's mission statement and core values. Do they resonate with you? Do they reflect the things that you believe in?

You can also look at the company culture. Is it inclusive and diverse? Does it prioritize ethical behavior and social responsibility? These are all important factors to consider when assessing whether your values align with those of your company.

At the end of the day, it's important to work for a company that shares your values and beliefs. That's what will help you feel fulfilled and engaged in your work. So, don't be afraid to make a change if you need to - it could be the best thing you ever do for yourself.

If you're feeling any (or all) of these signs, it's time to start thinking about a job search. It might not be an easy road, but trust me - not seeking new opportunities is not an option when it comes to your mental health and professional growth.

You're a queen, amiga! You deserve to work in a place where you feel valued and appreciated for your skills and expertise. So, it's time to take action. Dust off that resume, reach out to your network and start making moves. Remember, staying in a job that doesn't fulfill you is not worth sacrificing your happiness and well-being. It's time to shake things up and find a workplace where you can thrive. So, take that first step, and let's get you out of that funk!

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This reporting was produced with the support of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) as part of its Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice in the Americas Initiative.

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