Anya asked in HealthMental Health · 1 month ago

 Having to put in extra hours with pay cuts has caused massive stress. I’m mentally and physically exhausted. Should I continue?

6 Answers

  • Andy C
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Depends on the job and your circumstances,  both of which you omitted. 

  • Koshka
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Talk about it with your employer, see if you can work something out so that you can get some rest and keep your job without suffering too much loss. The problem is that if you are exhausted mentally and physically this can affect your immune system and this is not a good time. 

    Think about it this way, if you fall ill from COVID, you won't be able to go back to work for at minimum 14 days. And there is a risk of passing it on to someone that could die from it and there is also a risk for yourself of dying if you have an underlying condition. It is up to you to make that decision. 

    Get some rest if you really need it, you could ask for a few days off and see a doctor. Get a checkup, get plenty of rest between shifts. Take good care of yourself. 

    @LAN you don't know what this person is going trough. You never know who you are talking to, perhaps this person has health problems and we are going through a horrible pandemic. I think that you do have a heart buried under that tough sarcastic exterior, be kind once and awhile. This is a time for humans to take care of one another. Think about it.

  • Anon
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    The best way to handle problems like this is to keep going until you have a reasonable plan for how to get out of it.  Should you keep doing the same job indefinitely?  No.  But the best time to quit is when you have another job lined up.  Finding the new job is the price we pay to have the right to quit the old job.  Yes, that does mean extra work in the short-run.  It means not only putting in extra hours with pay cuts up front, it also means applying for new jobs as well.  But it is better to suffer in the short-term to have a better long-term than it is to have a better short-term by sacrificing the long-term.  If you get fired and can collect unemployment while looking for a new job that isn't the worst, but it's better to make it your choice.  Finding a new job takes an average of 6 months.

    Also, this may not be an all-or-nothing scenario.  If you can survive without putting in the extra hours, maybe only work regular hours and refuse to work extra hours.  Then actively look for another job.  If you get fired for refusing to work extra hours, then you are more likely to be eligible for unemployment than if you just quit.  And if they don't fire you, you will still have a certain amount of income while you are actively looking for another job.

    The details of the plan are up to you, but it is always better to quit with a specific plan in place than to quit from an emotional place with no plan.  However, in the long-term it is always important to protect yourself and make sure you have balance in your life even if you have to make sacrifices in the short-term to achieve that.

  • LAN
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No.   You sound pretty useless if you aren't even willing to work to support yourself.   If you can't cope with reality that's your problem to deal with as an adult.

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  • 1 month ago

    Make sure to take short breaks throughout the day to take a walk, chat with a friendly face, or practice a relaxation technique. Try adapting to a different schedule. If it doesn't work, then considering all your important factors, make your decision to continue or not. ‘Stress diaries’ a book written by Dr. Rachna Khanna Singh, has been helpful in such work-life situations.

  • 1 month ago

    No.  You should take a break. 

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