• May 17, 2018

Coping with the stress of changing jobs

Coping with the stress of changing jobs

917 500 Yasmin Aslam

Stress is increasingly a part of our everyday lives!  Some of us deal with it well whilst others find certain situations more difficult to cope with.

Without doubt, one of the most stressful situations can be when we change our jobs, whether you are starting a new role with a different organisation, or you’ve got an exciting promotion, a company restructure, or a change in your personal circumstances which has necessitated a move.  Failing to recognise and manage your own stress levels for too long can eventually lead to emotional, mental, and physical problems. However, by being aware of the early warning signs and doing what you can to manage the triggers will help you control and cope when things become too much.

Typical signs and symptoms:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Irritable and “wound up”
  • Anxiousor fearful
  • Lacking in self-esteem
  • Racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep problems
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Eating too much or too little

Our consultants are always mindful of the fact that customers are often experiencing heightened levels of stress when they are looking for a new role or recruiting new people into their teams, so it’s an important part of our jobs to make any transition or change as seamless and trouble free as possible.  In fact, recruiters themselves are no strangers to stressful situations and long hours so we thought we would share some of our stress busting tips in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week:

  1. Get active – It won’t stop the stress, but it can help reduce some of the emotional intensity that you might be feeling, helping you to think more clearly and deal with your problems more calmly.
  2. Make healthy choices – Don’t rely on alcohol, caffeine or smoking for stress relief. This type of avoidance behaviour is likely to exacerbate the problem – hard though it might be at the start, try to swap unhealthy choices for healthy options.
  3. Work Smart – Time management is key. Be goal focused, make lists and prioritise.  Use the 4 D’s to sort your emails quickly;
  • Delete – you can probably delete half the email you get immediately
  • Defer – set aside time later to spend on emails that require longer action
  • Do – if the email is urgent or can be completed quickly
  • Delegate – if the email can be better dealt with by someone else
  1. Be positive and take control – Make a conscious effort to choose to look on the bright side and be a glass half full not empty person. Focus on the things that you can control and influence. If your organisation is making redundancies you can’t control this, but you can update your CV and begin looking for a new job. Taking control is empowering and a crucial part to finding a solution.
  2. Keep learning – Challenge yourself to learn something new. This gives you knowledge and knowledge can make you more emotionally resilient as a person.
  3. Connect with people – A support network is important and talking things through in an informal environment, having a laugh with friends, colleagues, and family is an excellent stress buster.
  4. Make time for yourself – In the UK we work the longest hours in Europe! Make a point of setting aside a couple of nights a week for quality time to do things that will have a positive effect on your wellbeing.
  5. Helping others – Research shows that helping others makes you happier.

If you work in finance, fundraising, HR, ICT or procurement and you’re considering a move to the charity, not for profit or public sector do get in touch with one of our specialist consultants on 0203 824 7100, or via the website we’ll make every effort to make your transition smooth and trouble free! www.robertsonbell.co.uk

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NHS Choices https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/time-management-tips/