|Career / 6:28 PM - Sunday December 27, 2009|
I'm scared to start my new job because of my anxiety...what should I do?
I've had bouts of anxiety my whole life, but only briefly was I medicated for it. In a lot of ways I thought the medication did more harm than good.
- Asked by An Alternative Girl, Female, 26-28
I also started suffering from anxiety on and off over the past couple years. I started a new job recently and felt the anxiety getting worse and some days I would even have a panic attack. I decided I had to leave as I couldn't handle the stress anymore. I was adivsed by my GP that I needed to make some serious life changes. I think the key is do something you enjoy, something that doesn't create stress or give you fear. It sounds like you have performance anxiety. I would suggest you look at changing the enviorment your in. I would give this job a go but if you feel like its all to much then maybe consider having a sea change. Breathing techniques really do nothing for someone that is about to have a panic attack. To prevent a panic attack is to prevent the fear. I'm no longer working at my office Job and since leaving I am so much happier, I haven't had a panic attack for 6 months. I now have a job which I enjoy and I don't feel nervous at all anymore.
Anxiety is natural....Each time I have ever started something new I felt uneasy, and wanted to back out, but you need to remember you would have not got the job if they did not feel you were capable...They are counting on you and you can do it.