UPDATE: Colleen contributed to the article 35 Tips for Overcoming New Job Anxiety, by Laura Handrick, Choosing Therapy.
The feeling of anxiety is familiar to people who are starting a new job. It’s normal to feel nervous about the unknown ahead. However, if you experience extreme feelings of anxiety that interfere with your ability to function, try the following suggestions:
1. Take time to prepare yourself mentally for the new position.
This may include reviewing the job description, talking to others in the company, reading articles about the company, etc. Knowing about the company before you start working there can help reduce some initial fears.
2. Learn as much as possible about the company culture.
Find out what makes it unique – what values do they hold? What kind of work environment does the company provide? How does the company treat its employees? These answers will give you an idea of how you might fit into the organization. Go into the new position with an attitude to learn about the culture and how best you can bring value to the team.
3. Set realistic expectations.
You don’t want to be disappointed by the reality of the situation. Know that you will need to adjust to the new role and responsibilities. Be prepared and open-minded. Refrain from assuming that you know everything; ask questions when necessary. Make sure you understand the job requirements so you can meet them.
4. Don’t compare yourself to other workers.
Remember that everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Focus on your abilities and skills. Let go of comparisons with others; it does you no good and can distract you from focusing on your goals.
5. Be patient.
Take things one step at a time. Your first few days on the job will probably be hectic. As you get used to the routine, you will find things more manageable. Keep a positive outlook, and don’t let negative thoughts take over. Instead, focus on the positives; consider the benefits of being employed. The key is to keep moving forward. Keep your goals and objectives in front of you. Take small steps toward achieving your goals.
6. Seek professional counseling if needed.
Schedule to see a mental health therapist if you need help managing your stress. They can help you identify ways to cope with the challenges of your new job.
Get Support From A Mental Health Professional
Our staff at New Heights Counseling wants you to know, that help is available. Call us today at (850) 757-1552 or visit our website at New Heights Counseling to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors who specializes in helping people recognize their anxiety triggers and help them learn to overcome them. Check out our staff bios on our website at meet our team. Our mental health providers will develop a treatment plan with you, so you can get your anxiety under control. We will walk alongside you at whatever pace you’re comfortable with.
New Heights therapists are professionally trained to help people who suffer from anxiety. Therapeutic techniques include cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation, as well as other types of psychotherapy.
- Stop feeling so anxious about your new job with these 10 tips, by Maggie Wooll, writer for BetterUp
- 11 Ways to Handle New Job Anxiety, by Chrystal Raypole, writer for Healthine
- Welcome Video New Heights Counseling Founder & Clinical Director Colleen Wenner
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About the Author:
Colleen Wenner is the founder and clinical director of New Heights Counseling, where she provides counseling services for individuals struggling with mental health issues. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Master Certified Addiction Professional. Colleen is a certified supervisor in Florida and an EMDR trauma-certified practitioner and consultant in training. Colleen is committed to providing excellent client care and services the Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Niceville, Destin, and surrounding communities.
Colleen has consistently advocated for mental health care and wellness and has dedicated her entire life to promoting awareness among the public. She has been featured on various podcasts such as Practice of the Practice (The #1 Podcast for counselors in private practice), Shrink Think Podcast, and The Salty Christan Podcast, to name a few. She has contributed to several Yahoo Best Life, Unfinished Man, AskMen, UpJourney, WebMD, PsychCentral, and Emotional Intelligence Magazine articles. Colleen uses compassionate and authentic communication to help clients understand themselves better and feel more confident about their ability to improve their lives.