Coping With the Stress of a New Job

So your recent job interview couldn’t have gone any better – just as you imagined and dreamed it might, and you’ve just received notification that you were selected from a small pool of competitive applicants to start work at your new job next week. This is an exciting time, full of great possibilities and the culmination of a lot of hard work, and you should be happy right?

Of course, most people will be happy at the prospect of starting a new job, moving forward with your positive plans for this period in your life. For many, this will mean an improvement from a previous job and a corresponding increase in income as well.

However, starting a new job can also be a stressful experience, as there will likely be many new and unfamiliar situations that will take some time getting used to.

Given enough time, that which was once unfamiliar (and dare I say, even a little scary) will eventually become more familiar and comfortable. In the meantime, while you’re making the necessary adjustments to your new way of life, it’s a good idea to discover and implement some tools that will provide you with positive ways to cope with the stress of the new job.

Try these coping techniques:

1. Reach out to your new coworkers. Believe it or not, every one of your  coworkers at your new job was once the new guy or gal on the block. What does this mean? It means that now is a great time to reach out and establish connections with your new coworkers, as they will be particularly open to any overtures that you make toward friendship.

* In this same way, if you choose not to reach out to your coworkers during this time, they might assume that you’re not interested in establishing friendships, now or at any point in the future.

* Never underestimate the power of a positive first impression!

2. Keep other essential aspects of your life the same. Starting a new job means that you’ll likely be experiencing a significant amount of change in the coming weeks and months.

* It may be therapeutic for you to keep certain familiar and enjoyable routines in your life exactly the same, so that you have a respite from change in the form of comfort and regularity.

* These routines may include going for a morning jog, enjoying a warm cup of coffee or tea, spending time with your children before they go to bed, or anything else that you’ve previously done on a consistent basis to maintain your balance and peace of mind.

* We all like to have things in our life that we can count on and providing yourself with this benefit will help reduce your overall stress level in a major way.

3. Know that it’s okay to ask for help. Avoid trying to go it alone and perform all of your new job requirements without asking for any help.

* Asking for help at the early stages of a new job will indicate that you desire to do your job well.

* This could also further benefit you by having someone with more experience show you a faster or better way to do the task that you had the initial question about.

Remember, you’re new at this job and are expected to make a few mistakes along the way. Use these tips to help you settle into your new job with less stress and more enjoyment.