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How Can I Deal With The Stress of a New Job?

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Updated March 19, 2012

How Can I Deal With The Stress of a New Job?

It's natural to feel overwhelmed at a new job at first.

Question: How Can I Deal With The Stress of a New Job?
"I've just begun at a new job, and am dealing with considerable stress already! There's so much to learn, and the expectations are high. I'm worried about the toll all this stress will take on my health. Help!"
Answer: New jobs present many changes and challenges, and it's natural to feel stress over this. There are several things you can do to both relieve stress and combat its effects. Here are some suggestions in dealing with stress at a new job or in any other situation that requires change and adjustment:
  • Find Support: If you can, find support from co-workers, from people in your life, and here. Talking about what's stressing you and finding resources in your school should help a lot.
  • Quick Stress Relievers:Have some quick stress relievers that you can use when you're feeling overwhelmed. Breathing exercises, for example, can help slow or reverse the fight-or-flight response you experience when stressed, which saves the wear and tear on your health that chronic stress can cause.
  • Have a Regular Stress Relief Hobby: Try to maintain some time in your life to do some stress-relieving in your life, so that you feel less stress overall. I strongly recommend regular exercise, having a hobby, or another regular practice that you also enjoy.
  • Take Care of Yourself: If you're able to eat right, get enough sleep, and take vitamins, you'll be less worn down physically so you'll be less reactive to stress, and you'll be in better overall health.
You can find more information on dealing with job stress in The Job Stress Section. You can also find ongoing information and support with these ongoing stress management resources.
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