Resignation Letter Due to Stress (+5 Samples)

This blog post is a brief guide to writing resignation letters due to stress. We’ve also included five samples that you can look at when writing yours.

Writing a Resignation Letter Due to Stress

Keep in mind the following points if you’re writing a resignation letter due to stress:

  • You have the right to resign for reasons related to stress
  • Don’t put others’ needs over your own
  • Give the employers adequate notice
  • Write in a formal structure with a polite tone
  • Briefly explain the reason for resignation
  • List out your plan for tying up pending projects
  • Offer whatever you can to help with the transition
  • End on a positive note

Sample 1: Resignation Letter Due to Stress

“Dear Ms. Sutherland,

I am writing this letter to let you know that I am resigning from my position as project director at ABC Company. The hours are too long and the deadlines are too short. I thought I would be able to handle these demands, but after working there for some time the stress has simply become too much and my health is beginning to show the signs. My last day of work will be July 15, 2014, so please accept this letter as my official two weeks’ notice of resignation from ABC Company.

I would like to offer my apologies for any inconvenience this may cause to anyone at ABC Company. If I can be of any assistance in selecting a replacement to take over my duties, I would be happy to oblige. Please contact me via phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email] I look forward to discussing this with you further.

Although the work itself causes too much stress for me to handle, I will in fact regret leaving the great coworkers I have been privileged to work alongside. I wish them all every success and hope that our paths may cross again someday. I will continue to hold ABC Company in high regard but look forward to my future elsewhere. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Joseph Browning (Signature)

Joseph A. Browning

Project Director

ABC Company”

Sample 2: Resignation Letter Due to Stress

“Dear Mr. Anderson,

I enjoy the work we do at this firm, and I believe that insurance defense plays an important role in protecting the integrity of the industry for everyone. Unfortunately, my health has to come first, and that means I need to tender my resignation.

I do not make this choice lightly, but after consultation with my doctor and a second opinion that said the same thing, I find I have to do so. The long hours and demanding reading schedule simply put too much strain on my migraines at this time, and the acceleration of their intensity and duration has come to prevent me from doing my duties.

I, Tillie Piper, resign from my position as a third-year associate in the Anderson & Larsen firm, effective immediately.

I want to express my heartfelt thanks for your mentorship over the past two and a half years, and I regret the necessity of this decision. Unfortunately, when it comes to long-lasting health concerns with far-reaching implications, one faces no choice but to bow to the needs of the body. I hope to be able to find a work/life balance that allows me to practice law again, but first I need to focus on recovery.

Thank you for the time we have spent together.


Tillie Piper”

Sample 3: Resignation Letter Due to Stress


Dear Paul,

I regret to tender my resignation as of 20 January due to mental health issues. I have come to love working for you and Louise at Les Bean café, but I’m struggling to meet the demands of the high-energy work environment and the constant, often stressful, customer interaction. Thank you for everything you have done to help me grow as a barista and as a person. If there’s anything more I can do to help you out, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Jamie Brown”

Sample 4: Resignation Letter Due to Stress

“Keyla Gallegos


City, State, Zip Code

Hanson Reginald

Manager, Company Name

Dear. Mr. Reginald,

This letter is to inform you that I will be resigning my position from Post Upton Corporation immediately due to stress. Over the past several months, I have felt my health decline rapidly and I finally sought out a medical opinion. After a battery of tests, my doctor has determined that my stress is significant enough that I must be pulled out of work and allowed to rest.

I am very saddened by this as I enjoyed my job, the people I worked with, and the company I worked for. You and the management staff had made my tasks enjoyable, for the most part. Please understand that this is a general sort of stress that is not attributed specifically to my job. For the company’s education and files, I have included a copy of a note from my doctor regarding my condition.

If you need my input on certain daily tasks, please feel free to call me at home. But I would ask that you limit the calls to allow me to rest. You can reach me at 000-000-0000 or email me at Please pass along my best wishes and thoughts to everyone at the company.

Sincerely Yours,

Keyla Gallegos”

Sample 5: Resignation Letter Due to Stress


Dear Miss Bartrop,

I am writing to inform you of my resignation from Beyond the Blue Stone, effective Thursday, 22 July. As discussed with you on 7 July, I have been struggling to meet the demands of my role, and this has given me a great deal of stress that I have been unable to resolve. I am therefore resigning to focus on my mental health.

Thank you for all your help and the opportunities you have given me during my time with the company and thank you for understanding my situation. If there is anything I can do to help make this transition easier, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Kindest regards,

Daniel Bryce”

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Frequently Asked Questions (Resignation Letter Due to Stress)

Should you quit your job because of stress?

If you’re stressed out because of work, first try and communicate your needs to your employers. If they can arrange for leave or relaxation of some duties, you won’t have to resign.

How do you write a resignation letter if you are not happy at work?

Try to keep the language civil and briefly explain the reasons for resigning. Do mention the things you appreciate and end the letter positively.

How do you gracefully resign from a toxic job?

Communicate in person to the supervisors of your intention. Write a politely worded, formal resignation letter and keep it neutral-toned.