Getting a new job can cause the most wonderful feeling in the world, especially in the current economy, but sometimes new changes can also add additional stress.
If you feel a little stressed at your new job, experts have some suggestions to help you make a smooth transition.
Ramani Durvasula, a clinical psychologist and author of “You Are Why You Eat,” said in an email that it is normal to be stressed when you start a new job, because there are many reasons to be stressed.
“Expectations are high, the economy is tough, it is a time of proving oneself, of learning a new routine, meeting new people, learning new personalities, mastering a new schedule,” she said. “All of this while managing the responsibilities of day to day life.”
Stress is not the only mental health side effect of starting a new job.
“Some people may report pronounced anxiety, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, problems concentrating, and in people with preexisting conditions such as depression, may even report a worsening of those symptoms,” Durvasula said.
Stress and anxiety in small amounts aren’t necessarily detrimental, though.
“If you aren't feeling them, I would wonder if you aren't taking it seriously,” she said. “Stress and anxiety are ways of your system saying slow down, something is coming around the bend. You can use these signals to be mindful, to be organized in your new job.”
There are other ways to succeed at your new job while also enduring some stress along the way.
“Make sure you communicate so you are clear on the expectations laid out for you, and so you don't make mistakes in your assumptions,” Durvasula said. “Take the time to learn about your new coworkers and team around you. Get to know the place you work in.”
Here are a few ways she suggests relieving some of your new job stress:
1) Make sure you get enough sleep
2) Eat well and exercise
3) “Organize life as much as possible (especially the night before) so mornings aren't chaotic.”
4) “Turn to others for help when possible during the transitional phase. Let your support network know you are going through a transition so they can be there for you.”