Dealing With Anxiety & Stress In A New Role

By Zach Seybert
In July 3, 2018

Finding a job is a stressful and often times lengthy process. Once you land a job, unfortunately the stress doesn’t stop there. In the lead up to your first day on the job, the anxiety and stress can take hold in your mind. Managing these emotions because imperative in order to be successful in this new role.

A new job should be an exciting time in your life. However, the anxiety and stress surrounding these new opportunities can potential derail this potentially good thing before it takes off. Not only do these feelings affect your performance at work, but it can also be detrimental to your health. As a result, figuring out how to best manage these emotions at work will benefit your career and personal life.

In an article for our friends over at TopResume, Riya Sand provides a few tips to manage work-related stress and anxiety, especially when beginning a new job.

Exercise Regularly

If anyone has dealt with stress and anxiety, then they know that these feelings can be crippling. One of the best ways to counter these is to stay active and follow an exercise routine. Sure, the physical benefits of exercising can be tangible, but the mental benefits are often overlooked.

Whether you are part of the pre-work gym crowd, endure the post-work rush, or even go on a walk or run outside, finding and following a routine will greatly benefit your health and well-being. Going to break a sweat can be a stress reliever and help clear your mind before the next day.

Communicate How You Feel

Many of us are afraid to speak our minds at work and as a result end up suppressing our feelings. As a new hire, you are likely trying to fit in with the culture at work and don’t want to say anything to isolate you. However, this can lead to unnecessary stress. By communicating how you feel, this stress can be alleviated. You don’t necessarily need to talk to someone at work, but instead you can talk to a friend. If you really want to take it to the next level, you can speak with a career coach or therapist.

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Once you are comfortable, expressing your feelings and concerns at work can not only benefit yourself, but also others who may be feeling the same way.

Manage Your Time

When you start a new job, it is tempting to completely immerse yourself in your work to prove yourself to the company. However, it is important to make time for yourself in order to avoid burnout. Establishing a healthy work-life balance early on in your career will help you figure out how to maintain and adjust it down the road. By completing work at work, not only are you working efficiently, but it will allow you time to reset while away from work, so when you return you are refreshed.

Get Enough Sleep

This is one that everyone needs to follow, regardless of whether or not you are starting a new job. The typical adult, according to various studies, needs seven to eight hours of sleep each night for peak productivity. Whatever you need to do in order to get enough sleep, do it. Each person is different, so what works for one person might not work for another.

Showing up to work tired, especially at a new job, isn’t a good idea for many reasons. You will be less productive, so you don’t get as much done which leads to higher stress levels.

Wrap Up

Experiencing the first day of work jitters is normal. It means you’re excited for the new opportunity and what it could mean for your future. However, the stress and anxiety that come along with this new role can derail any excitement you had. By managing these feelings and emotions, you can achieve success in your new role. To read all of Sand’s tips, check out the full article here.

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Zach is a Digital Content and Marketing Specialist with NexGoal, who specializes in creating career transition and job search preparation content.