Resigning Without Notice Due to Stress (A guide)

In this brief guide, we will discuss resigning without notice due to stress.

Resigning Without Notice Due to Stress 

Resigning without notice due to stress is a good decision because sustained job problems have recently been linked to a lasting personality change and other severe mental health problems, and if your job is causing you too much stress, you should think about resigning immediately.

You can resign without the usual notice for problems relating to health and stress, and if you feel that your job is going to make your mental situation worse, you can also get a report saying so from your doctor and present it with the resignation letter so that you may resign without notice.

Resigning without notice may seem like the best option when you are in a high-pressure, high-stress job, or even when you’ve simply become overwhelmed. 

However, before you make a hasty decision, it is also important to make sure that you’ve looked at all of your options prior to tendering a resignation.

Can I quit my job due to depression and get unemployment?

Yes, in some states, like California, it is possible to get unemployment benefits for a situation where you are from clinical depression or some other form of disability.

In addition, if someone wants to quit their job due to depression and wants to qualify for unemployment, they must also have proof that their 

has signed off on the diagnosis and agrees that quitting is the best option this person has to get better from depression. 

In addition, to collect unemployment after quitting due to depression, it is also not sufficient to self-diagnose there must be a formal diagnosis, and after they have quit their job, the person needs to also receive treatment if they were not already doing it.

Handling Stress at a Job

Before you start thinking about resigning without notice due to stress, you need to think about things and make sure that you are resigning because it is the absolute last option, rather than giving in to the negative feelings that stress may be causing you to feel.

You need to also assess if you are just going through a high-stress project or a stressful work week, or if your entire job is high stress.

Sometimes, it may feel like there is no end in sight, especially when you are in the middle of a lot of problems, and it may make you feel like quitting, but you need to also remember that quitting your job without notice will not cure you, and in fact, you may be signing yourself up for additional stress if you can’t find an alternative income source or another job to jump into. 

Another thing to think about is whether you have gone through all the other options, like talking to your boss or the human resources manager about what you might be able to do to lessen or change the quality of your workload so that you are able to be more productive. 

Here are some other things to explore before resigning without notice due to stress:

  • Taking a leave of absence
  • Trying out a less stressful or different role in the company
  • Switching to part-time hours or lesser hours, maybe working from home
  • Reducing or altering workload 
  • Trying out therapy
  • Trying out stress management classes
  • Talking to work friends about the situation, see if they may be able to share your burdens or just give you some ideas on what to do.

If you’re facing this, it may be a good idea to seek the help of a therapist or other mental health professional. You can find a therapist at BetterHelp who can help you learn how to cope and address it.

Talking to your boss about Stress

It may seem uncomfortable because most of us do not like talking to bosses about personal things or anything that makes us seem lacking in terms of productivity, but talking to your boss about stress can be very helpful, and doing it may save you the additional stress of finding a new job when you have just gotten out of one because of stress.

According to an article that talks about how one may quit their job because of stress, this is the sort of thing you may say to your employer to bring to their attention that you are having a stressful time at work and do not know what to do about it:

 At the very least, a conversation about your concerns should be the first step you take before quitting.


“I’m having a challenging time handling my workload, and it’s causing significant stress. I’d like to talk to you about some options.”

“Since the merger, I have been pulling double duty as a sales rep. It has become overwhelming, and I don’t feel I’m doing my job as well as I could be. Can we talk about a way to address this issue?”

“I feel an extreme degree of pressure hangs over my job, and I’m not able to work at optimum capacity in this type of high-pressure environment. I have some ideas for reducing stress levels I would like to discuss with you.”

Sure, it may feel weird talking to one’s boss about possibly reducing workload or sharing such a personal experience, but you need to remember that they are a person too, and they have experienced stress too, at some point or another, so sharing it with them may not be such a bad thing if it saves you further stress.

How do I resign without notice due to stress?

To resign without notice due to stress, you may follow these tips:

  • Talk to your employer first, and update them that you have not gotten better despite everything else that you have tried, and you feel that it is time to go (This assumes that you have spoken to them before).
  • Check your contract to see how much of a notice period you have, and if it is not too long, consider completing it, so you can maintain a better professional relationship
  • If your notice period is too long or you feel you are simply too stressed out because of your job, you may talk to your employer about possibly relaxing the guidelines in case of a health related issue.
  • Be prepared with a doctor’s note and important reports that are in favor of you resigning without notice, because you will have to supply that if you quit.
  • Write a resignation letter.

Resignation letter without notice due to stress

Here are some sample resignation letters without notice due to stress that you may refer to for your purpose of quitting your job due to stress.

Resignation letter without notice due to stress: Sample 1

This is a good example of how one may write a resignation letter due to stress in a brief and concise manner.

“[Your name]

[Your address]

[Your personal phone number]

[Your personal email address]

[The date]

[Name of employer]

[Company address]

Dear [Mr./Ms./Mrs. Surname],

I am writing to give my formal notice for immediate resignation, as discussed with you previously, from [company name] as of the [date of departure]. I sincerely apologize for not being able to provide notice, but due to my deteriorating mental health, I must resign immediately.

Please advise the best way to process my last paycheck and remaining balance. I can collect the paycheck from human resources, or you can mail it to me. Please let me know whatever works best for you.

Thank you for the opportunities and support you’ve given me during my time here. I am grateful for the guidance you provided me as I grew in my career.

Kind regards,

[Handwritten signature]

[Typed name]”

Resignation letter without notice due to stress: Sample 2

This resignation letter without notice due to stress also provides a good example of how one can write a good letter without too much flair and still communicate all the necessary details.

“Sam Black

489 Seaview Street

Los Angeles, CA 99934


February 10, 2020

Laura Smith

RS Insurance Ltd.

St. Andrew’s Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 99811

Dear Ms. Smith,

It is with deep regret that I am writing to inform you of my resignation, as discussed with you on the phone, from my position here at RS Insurance, Ltd. due to my unhealthy mental state and the stress I have been experiencing. My last day will be this Thursday. I realize this resignation is in breach of the terms of my employment contract, but please understand that I cannot do otherwise due to unforeseen circumstances.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. Working at this company has been a privilege, and I will always remember my experiences here and the people I worked with.

Please let me know how I can help to make this situation easier for you. If you wish to contact me, you can do so via my personal email,

Thank you for your understanding.


Sam Black”

Resignation letter without notice due to stress: Sample 3

This is another resignation letter without notice due to stress, and as we discussed above, one needs to mention the doctor’s advice and possibly provide the necessary documentation as well, in such a condition.

“James White

24 Washington Street

Brooklyn, NY 55478


March 10, 2020

Alvin Boroughs

Black Bank

75 Beegle Street

New York, NY 44211

Dear Mr. Boroughs,

Please accept my immediate resignation as of 11 March from my role as bank manager due to severe mental stress. As you are well aware, I have been receiving medical treatment for the last few weeks and have now been advised by my doctor to rest for an indefinite period of time.

I understand that my employment contract states that I should provide a notice of two weeks before leaving my role. However, my current circumstances dictate that I must ask for immediate release from my employment contract. I understand that I am putting you in a difficult situation, so I am enclosing my email and personal number for you to contact me with any questions regarding my pending work.

Thank you for these years of work, patience, and mentorship. I will be forever grateful for your guidance and for all the wonderful memories I have made here with my colleagues.

Best regards,

James White”


In this brief guide, we discussed resigning without notice due to stress. Please feel free to send us any questions or comments you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Resigning Without Notice Due to Stress 

Can I quit due to stress?

Yes, you can quit due to stress, but in order to collect any unemployment benefits or other aid, the unemployment agency will review your medical situation to see if it was really serious enough for you to leave.
Generally, this rule applies to all health-related resignations, not just quitting because of stress, as in these cases you may be eligible for unemployment. Suffering from a condition that is triggered by stress may also get someone unemployment benefits.

Can you quit and not give notice?

Yes, you can quit and not give notice but it has to be for good reason, like being sick or being mentally ill, or an emergency circumstance.

Usually, if someone needs to quit and not give notice, there seems to be no legal reason why you can’t quit like that if their employer agrees and their situation truly merits this kind of quitting.

How do I resign with immediate effect?

To resign with immediate effect you may say something like this, “I regret to inform you that as per our conversation earlier, I need to tender my resignation with immediate effect, foregoing my notice period, due to (reason). I apologize for not doing it as mentioned in the contract, but due to my unforeseen circumstances, I must leave urgently. Thank you for your understanding.”

Other Sample resignation & Leave letters you may like

Below is a list of other sample resignation letters we have curated.

Remember, your health comes first and if you are feeling exhausted or work is simply stressing you out then taking a break doesn’t make you weak but strong.


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