You finally did it. You left that terrible, toxic work environment and we’re so proud of you! We know it’s been rough. From abusive bosses and manipulative coworkers to being overworked and completely exhausted. You’ve been unhappy for so long. Now that you’re no longer in that environment, new doors are going to be flying open for you. If you’ve experienced any type of anxiety, sadness, depression, tiredness, or was taken advantage of in a job, this is for you. Here’s some advice on how to cleanse your mind after leaving a toxic work environment.
Go on vacation
Book that trip now, right now! This is probably the best way to relax, get your mind off of everything, and get some much needed Vitamin D. For the millennial and gen-z generations, we know our work ethic is top-notch. However, we can get caught up in work and working too hard, especially in toxic work environments. You owe it to yourself, your mind and body to rejuvenate and cleanse the negativity out of your energy now. Whether you stay in the states or go out of the country, have fun, go on adventures, and enjoy the moment.
Get your mind back in a positive space
Next, let’s focus on your mental health. After going through a terrible experience or being stuck and uncomfortable in an unhealthy environment, it’s a good idea to talk it out with a professional. Consistently seeing a therapist or starting therapy for the first time is a great way to start the healing process. They will help you see the experience in different ways, guide you in processing the way you feel, and give advice on how to move forward. Also, take up journaling. Spend time with yourself and write it all out. There’s no correct way for you to journal either. This way you can also work on processing your feelings and getting any unsaid words out on paper.
Make a list of the do’s and don’ts for your new job environment
As you begin to move on from your past and heal from the toxic work environment, take note of what it is you want to see in your new job. Make a list of the must-haves and the dealbreakers you won’t tolerate. Ask yourself a few questions: How do you want to feel at work? What kind of boss and team do you need around you? Do you need your office or workplace to have natural sunlight? What do you need in your work environment to be happy and successful? What kind of PTO time do you need? When you write down your list and have your answers, come back to it often to make sure you’re still on the same page.
If you’re not happy in your work environment or with your job, change it. You do not have to stay somewhere that does not value your happiness, your work, or your mental health just for the sake of a paycheck. All money is not good money, and you deserve to enjoy the work you do and be happy in the environment.