Originally Posted by coltsfan53
I am wrestling with this scenario. The pragmatist in me says "relax, you have nothing to worry about. Do it." The part of me with the herd mentality says "keep marching," you have a "good (paying) job, so keep at it." Thanks for any input you might have.
Have you actually taken an inventory on what is so stressful about your job?
Realize that every job is imperfect - if it's not your clients, it's your boss. If not your boss, it's 3 co-workers you have. If not them, it's the commute. Or the horrible 40 year old building it's in. Etc.
If you take a long, soul-searching reflection on your job and just what exactly is stressful, you might come up with ways to reduce or even deflect that stress, and make it more palatable. Also, realize that even if you do get a different, lower-paying job.....would you be happier in having to work twice as long with a different set of aggrivators/stressors? The old "the devil you know is sometimes better than the devil you don't know".
Or, is it possible to get transferred or re-assigned to a different task/department? Might have a slight drop in salary, but if you make up some reason about your future child, wanting to have more time to spend with them, less stress, yada yada, they might go for it. Just be careful in how you word it.