I had no intention of writing this post today. I actually had something else planned on the calendar but due to recent changes in our own lives, I felt compelled to write this instead. Let’s talk about how a toxic work environment can wreak havoc on your life, and how to break free from it.
Leaving a Toxic Work Environment
If you’ve ever been depressed you can understand how it can feel like you’re in a fog. It’s not until you’re on the other side of that depression that a cloud is lifted and you’re able to look back and reflect on that part of your life. I’ve personally struggled with depression in the past, and anxiety nearly all of my life.
I have to make an active choice each and every day to look for the positive – to not let those anxious thoughts overwhelm me. That’s one of the main reasons I choose to be a positive space on the internet. There’s so much negativity out there that it can be overwhelming.
Just like in my own life, I choose to spark joy, be encouraging, provide solutions to everyday problems, and overall just be a light in the darkness.
Recently, my husband left a severely toxic work environment. It was not only impacting him but myself, our boys, and our mental wellbeing.
I’ve watched this man literally go from dreading work each day for the past year, to coming home with a smile on his face. Despite working in the school system – which you would imagine is a positive space – sometimes you come across one that isn’t.
And trust me, there are several past schools that were amazing and he enjoyed working at. It’s like that old saying “one bad egg can spoil the batch.” That’s not to say there aren’t good people there, but moving on was the best decision for us.
And I know what you’re thinking – there’s a virus out there causing major issues with our schools reopening. Even with all of that added stress, he’s thrilled to have accepted a position at a new school – one whose environment is a night and day difference than before.
He’s working extra hours, coming home exhausted, but he’s happy. It’s like a light switch was turned off and it’s now back on. He is one of those principals that truly loves what he does. And it’s wonderful to see his hard work being acknowledged and appreciated. What a difference a positive workspace can be for your life!
While I’ve noticed this change in him – it made me wonder how many other people out there are struggling with toxic work environments. I wanted to stress that you are in the driver’s seat, and only you can make the decision when you’ve had enough.
Eleven years ago I left a corporate job to stay home with our first son. It was the best decision I ever made. Never have I looked back and regretted it. While looking for ways to stay connected and make money from home, I taught myself how to create and run my own business. I absolutely love what I do still to this day!
If your work environment is causing mental and physical stress in your life it might be a good time to reflect on what you can do to change that environment so that you can live your best life. Each and every one of us is deserving of a fulfilling life. Go out there and get it!