How do you know when to quit your job and start looking for a new one?

I'm a second year special ed teacher, but am finding the demands of the job to be overwhelming. I love working with and teaching the kids, but unfortunately there are a million other aspects of the job that make it difficult to focus on this responsibility. I am in a district with very high expectations and feel increasing pressure to meet these expectations. I thought it would get easier as the year went on, but I am feeling more and more stressed. I am sick all the time (migraines, nausea, vomitting, etc.) and am beginning to have frequent anxiety attacks. For example, I have yet to get to sleep tonight (it's almost 12:30) because I am fearful of going back to school tomorrow after winter break. When I am there, I feel like nothing but a failure. Nothing has ever been so difficult for me. Am I just being lazy? Should I begin looking for a new job, or stick this one out? Help!

Asked By: phalangie07 - 1/7/2007
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This is exactly the kind of situation the screams, "Find a new job"! It's affecting your health, your home life and your sanity... More
Answered By: susiechapstix - 1/7/2007
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First of all, talk with your school principal. Tell him/her what you're experiencing and see if together you can work out some reasonable solution that will take the pressure off so you can concentrate on teaching more. This isn't an impossible situation. I'm sure many teachers have experienced it. Get some support... More
Answered By: Richard B - 1/7/2007
Look for a new one, but don't quit a job unless you have a job to go to.
Answered By: creerhnter - 1/7/2007
A new job might be a good idea, but seeing a doctor is an even better idea. Anxiety attacks, nausea, vomiting, migraines. Seems like there's a lot more wrong than just your job.
Answered By: Mike D. - 1/7/2007
If I wasnt feeling good about going to work, I would probably start looking into getting into another career or maybe its something phscycological maybe you need some antidepressants or something like that, I think you should go to a phyciatrist first then take it from there.
Answered By: bubbles3 - 1/7/2007
You are sounding overwhelmed by stress and uncertainty. I am curious about what your feedback/employee reviews have been like. Are the district's expectations increasing, or are you increasing your own expectations? Take a deep breath, get a focused perspective on who you are, what you do and who you are there to serve... More
Answered By: hrh_gracee - 1/7/2007
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