For those of you who are in the process of switching jobs, you may be experiencing an overload of stress.
I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL…
If you have read my previous blog post Quitting My Job to Blog, then you know that I quit my full-time job to start blogging and was looking for something part-time to help pay the bills. I mentioned a call that I got (not even an hour after I gave my boss my notice) for an interview. I took that as a sign and it absolutely was, I got the job! I am so happy, but at the same time, very anxious. I have never been one to handle change well. I like my routines, I am very nostalgic, and have a hard time letting go. It didn’t really hit me until I turned my key in. I then thought to myself, “Wow, this is it. The last time I am going to be in this office, the last time I am going to walk through this warehouse, answer the phone”. It was very unnerving. For the rest of the day I felt sort of lost, questioning if I made the right decision.
My stress level was at about a 6 out of 10: Tension headaches, negative thoughts, and quite a bit of junk food.
Here are five things I did to help get rid of all that tension:
1. Do Some Thought Challenging.
In the back of my mind I was thinking so negatively about this change that I was taking my frustrations out on my boyfriend. So, I decided to challenge those annoying thoughts. If you aren’t sure how to do this, check out my article here.
2. Write Down the Things That You Did Not Like About Your Old Job.
I knew there were problems with the company I worked for, which is one of the main reasons I left. At first, I could only think of the good aspects and the excitement I felt when I started there. That’s when I began doubting my choice. When I told my boyfriend this, he quickly reminded me of how unhappy I was there. I liked the security of the job, but lacked the motivation and incentive. It definitely was not a rushed decision, I had thought about leaving for over a year. As soon as I went over everything I wrote down, I knew I made the right choice.
Now when I mean exercise, I don’t mean do a boring, repetitive exercise like running on a treadmill or stationary bike. What I did was play badminton with my family (the only sport I am somewhat decent at). Any group activity will do: Frisbee, football, soccer, volleyball, basketball. When you are with a group, it will help keep your mind busy as well as get rid of that built up tension in your muscles. Just try not to play too rough or you might end up pulling a muscle…
4. Practice Meditation.
The only way I can meditate is through guided meditation videos on YouTube. Otherwise, my thoughts will take over!
5. Accept the Temporary Anxiety.
My anxiety level was higher than usual and was adding to my stress. I knew that fighting the physical feeling was not helping though. When it was feeling particularly high, I laid down and put Netflix on and allowed the feeling to wash over me. After a couple of minutes, I could feel my body start to wind down. It is not easy at first, but after a while your anxiety will decrease and it won’t affect you nearly as much as it did before.
Change can be difficult and if we focus on the negative then we won’t be excited about the new opportunities that lie ahead. I hope these tips will help you to unwind and experience the positive side of life.