New Job, Better You: Wellness Tips for Starting a New Job

Preparing to start a new job? We’ve all been there, and it can be pretty stressful! I recently had a job change about two months ago and at first, it wasn’t the easiest transition, but now that I have become a bit more settled in, I have been able to look back on the career change that I made and know what I could have done better, in order to reduce stress and keep up with my normal health and wellness routine. This insight will definitely come in handy if and when I change job positions in the future, but I wanted to go ahead and share what I learned with all of you, just in case you need help stressing less and keeping up with your health during your next job change. 

Here are a few tips:

Know What to Expect

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Okay, so starting a new job can be pretty nerve wracking because you don’t really know what to expect, but what if you did? In order to get some peace of mind before walking in the doors on your first day, ask your HR representative if there are certain things that you should know about the culture, your first day on the job, and the people you are going to be working with. Asking questions such as, “What time should I arrive,” “Is there a dress code,” and “What documentation, if any, should I bring with me on my first day” can help you know what to expect and in turn, it will help you stress a little bit less. At the same time, you should go in mentally prepared because unless you have a crystal ball, you will not know every single detail that your first day will entail, but getting a bit of insight from your HR representation should help you ease into things a bit more.

Create a New Schedule

It can be hard to keep up with your normal health and wellness schedule when starting a new job because things are a bit “out of whack” at first. When you get hired for the job, you should hopefully know what to expect in terms of your schedule and commute. If you do, try to prepare in advance and create a new schedule for yourself so that you can still fit in your workouts, social calendar, and necessary alone time. This way, you are able to keep up with your mental and physical health even after the job change, relatively easily.

Meal Prep

“Fail to plan and you can plan to fail.” This quote could not be more true, especially when starting a new job. If I had to guess, you are probably trying to impress your boss(es) and other co-workers and this can be pretty stressful. For me, stress has the potential to lead to unhealthy eating habits and in order to prevent that, you will want to meal prep. First, you will want to find out if your office/workplace has cooking essentials such as a fridge, microwave, or even a toaster oven. Once you figure out what you are working with in regards to cooking appliances, you can plan out your meals so that you can stay on track with your healthy eating plans. This is extremely important now that we are about to have a season change. As the weather gets cooler, I can bet that you are going to want all of the comfort food and when those doughnuts come in the office, you will want to have a healthy snack by your side to keep you from eating one (cough, cough - I really mean multiple, because doughnuts are amazing) of them. 

Don’t Stress About Finances

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Although not every job change will bring a gap between pay periods, some will, and if you are in that position, you know how stressful it can be. If you are preparing for a job change but have not made the jump yet, I highly recommend saving as much as you can beforehand, just in case you do have a temporarily pay period gap. If it’s too late and you are in the midst of a job change, please find a way to make it work without stressing too much or more importantly, increasing your high-interest credit card debt, because that can be extremely hard in the long run. Instead of stressing and/or racking up your high-interest debt, you might want to consider a short-term, collateral-based loan from a company such as Chapes-JPL. Servicing over 18,000 customers nationwide, Chapes-JPL provides low-interest collateral loans in a safe, private, and upscale office. Since Chapes-JPL is a bonafide collateral lender, it is required by law to maintain a pawn license. However, Chapes-JPL is nothing like any other pawnbroker you can imagine. They say, “three minutes in our offices are all you will need to discover how we have truly raised the bar and set new competitive standards for the legitimate collateral lending industry.” They are known for their jewelry and gold loans, but they also provide car pawn loans and handbag loans, as well, so you can always call them to find out what your options might be.

Take A Deep Breath

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Last but not least, take a deep breath. Nobody likes those first-day jitters, but everyone has been in your exact position in the past, so everyone knows what you are going through. Rest assured, first day nerves are totally normal because starting a job is a huge step and it’s expected that you will have some anxiety before awkwardly wandering into a new office, but just know that you’ve got this. God got you here, so He’ll get you through! The night before you start your new job, grab a cup of tea and a book and snuggle up in bed to wind down. During my transition, I found a devotional on the Bible app related to career transitions to help me get focused. When you wake up, maybe do a stretch routine or yoga routine and have a slow morning (pro tip: set your alarm clock earlier this morning so that you won’t stress about time!). Then, when you head into the office, take a deep breath and try your best to go into the day as confident as possible. Once you get through your first day, you will likely start to feel more settled in and comfortable. Before long, those first-day nerves will be long gone, and you will start thriving in your new position.

Seriously, congratulations if you are starting a new job! I know that it can be very nerve wracking and stressful, which can wreak havoc on your health and wellness routine, but if you follow a few extra steps along the way, you can definitely have a smooth(er) transition so that you are not throwing everything off at once! 

-m.

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