Key Steps To Easing Career Anxiety When Starting A New Career Path
Starting a new career is a daunting, yet exciting journey to begin. There are so many new things that you’ll be learning, seeing, and achieving that you’ll really excel in life. However, while it may be a good thing to change careers, it doesn’t mean that you won’t face the onset of anxiety when your career changes. If you’re currently experiencing career anxiety, this guide will give you the top tips on how you can help ease your anxiety when starting a new career path. Let’s take a look.
Top Tips To Help Ease Career Anxiety
- Understand What You’ll Be Doing
One of the common reasons why you’ll become anxious when changing careers is because it’s the unknown. The unknown is fearful and can make you feel like you’re not in control. To help ease this fear, it’s important to read more about your new job and understand what it entails when you begin. The more you understand what you’ll be doing, the less anxiety you’ll have. While understanding what the job is about, don’t forget to remember why you applied for the job in the first place and what skills you have with the new job.
- Don’t Expect To Know Everything
When starting a new career path it’s important to remember that you won’t know everything the job requires of you. You won’t have all the skills and this is ok, while working in the job you’ll begin to learn more about it. People who start a new career tend to feel like there are high expectations of them to know the ins and outs of what is required. This isn’t true. As long as you have the basic skill requirements you can learn the rest along the way. Remember you won’t be new at your job forever.
- Write Down Your Thoughts
When you have anxiety and you’re constantly thinking about your new job, sometimes it’s good to write down your thoughts on a piece of paper. The idea of writing down your thoughts on a piece of paper is to help you to free up your mind. Generally, when you’ve written your thoughts down, your mind doesn’t need to keep remembering them because it knows you’ve got a copy of them. This helps to ease your mind and helps you to relax somewhat before you begin your next new adventure.
- Take Care Of Yourself
While you may not feel like eating it’s important to try and take care of yourself. This means eating a balanced breakfast before work begins and balanced meals throughout the day. You also need to try to exercise and get a good night sleep. If you find you’re struggling to go to sleep, as suggested above, write down your thoughts, read a book before bed, or listen to relaxing music. Keeping your mind focused on other things will help you to relax and will help to ease your anxiety.
- Seek Professional Help
If you find your career anxiety is really taking a toll on you, it’s important to reach out and see professional help. Sometimes your anxiety can turn into more than just a simple anxiousness and when this happens it’s good to talk it through with a professional to help you work through the fear that you have about your new job. Remember there’s always support, and it’s always good to talk.
When it comes to career anxiety, it’s important to remember that it won’t last forever. When you begin your new job you’ll find that your anxiety will ease and will become better in time. As you embrace your new job, you’ll find that the big things will turn into little things soon enough. Are you ready to overcome your career anxiety?
Joel Curtis is a registered Psychologists with Endeavour Wellness and has over 17 years of experience. Joel holds a Masters’ Degree in Psychology from Western Sydney University. Joel owns a number of private practices in Sydney and provides expert content for several national TV and Radio programmes.
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