Self-Care Tips for Starting a New Job

Starting a new job can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, especially for those prone to anxiety, depression, or another mental health conditions. But you can choose to look on the bright side and look at this new job as a great new opportunity. Starting a new job can be very stressful, so you should up your self-care game. Here are some suggestions to try during this transition:

  1. When you start your job, don’t be afraid to ask for help or ask questions. Your new fellow employees and boss know that you’re new. Don’t feel like you have to know everything right off the bat.

  2. Eliminate distractions. Turn notifications off your phone for unnecessary apps like social media and work on one task at a time.

  3. Pack a healthy lunch and snacks. Sometimes when you’re stressed out, seemingly simple tasks like grabbing lunch can feel like the most stressful thing in the world. Whether you work at home, in an office, outdoors, or wherever, pack balanced, healthy food with you to help you stay focused, alert, and feeling your best.

  4. Take your breaks and get outside if you can. You are legally allowed your breaks, so take them! Get outside to refocus and de-stress in nature.

  5. It can be difficult to keep up with your exercise routine while starting a new job but aim to at least do a quick workout or go on a short walk. It will help you get rid of any excess stressful or nervous energy.

  6. Find positive people. Look for people at your new job with positive energy, a helpful attitude, and quite simply look for nice, hardworking people.

  7. Practice positive self-talk. You may know how easy it is to fall into a trap of negative thinking or destructive self-talk. Work on this by repeating positive affirmations such as, “I can do this” or “I am doing the best that I can and that is enough.” Give yourself a break when going through a change or starting something new. It may take time to find your groove.

  8. When you get home, take time to relax. Take a bath, watch your favorite television show, read, or do whatever you love to do that makes you feel calm and restored after a long day.

  9. Talk to your new boss about your mental health if you feel comfortable. It may be helpful to let your superior or HR representative know about your anxiety or depression. This can be helpful if tough times arise in the future. Another idea is to ask if they have any programs for mental health.

What else would you add to this list? How do you feel when you start a new job? Remember, getting a new job is very exciting but it can be overwhelming! Increase your self-care during this time to help decrease stress and maintain a positive attitude.