I started a brand new job this last year (I’m no longer with the company, but that’s a whole other blog post). If you’ve ever had issues with change, then you’ll understand where I’m coming from. Anytime something substantially changes my life, I’m flooded with severe anxiety. I have found with more preparation my anxiety decreases.
Here’s how I prepared for the new job:
1. Gather necessary items for your desk.
The first thing my husband did was buy me a new Vera Bradley messenger bag and matching lunchbox. I loaded both of the bags up with items I might need. It included:
– Health (ibuprofen, allergy medicine, anxiety medicine, hand sanitizer, Gaviscon)
– Beauty (chapstick, brush, wipes, extra makeup)
– Electronics (cell phone charger, headphones 🎧)
-Lunch (reusable plastic silverware, snacks, salt & pepper)
Also, I brought in items that made me feel at home like family pictures, highlighters and my new work cup that my old co-workers sent me off with.
2. Figure out what you’ll be doing for lunch.
Will you be going out every day or bring your own? You need to come up with some type of plan or you’ll end up spending lots of money. I was not good on this, but ended up doing better towards the end. I started taking a can of soup with some hot sauce every day.
Not only do you want to figure out the food situation, but also how you want to spend your lunch break. I’ve never been a big fan of a lunch break because I feel like it’s a waste of my time. I’d much rather get off of work early.
When I was going into the office, I started walking on lunch and even got other co-workers to walk with me. Every lunch I was getting around 2 miles in!
3. Buy clothes you feel confident in.
Going into a new office can be overwhelming with all the new faces you’ll meet. To help with these jitters, be confident! Dress your best and stock your closet.
When I found out I got the job, I went to TJ Maxx and got some work staples like a pair of black stretchy pants, three long sleeved blouses and two new dresses.
4. Clean your car.
When my dad told me he cleans his car to go on an interview, I thought he was crazy, but he was completely right. This also pertains to starting a new job.
I always had people want to ride with with me to lunch. One time, the boss even asked me to drop him off to his car up the street. Luckily, someone else swooped in and took him because my car was filthy.
5. Figure out your workout schedule.
Working out has always set off emotions like impending doom. I hate it, but it’s like a never ending cycle. I know I need to work out to decrease anxiety, but I get anxiety when working out…ugh…the anxiety life…
I ended up getting smart about my lunch break. Most companies make you take a lunch. This is the best time to get your workout in. I always tried to walk 2 to 3 miles around the business park. It let me blow off steam and chat with other employees if they wanted to join me.
Good luck in preparing for your new job! Leave some feedback below and different things you’ve done in preparation.