How to Deal with the Stress of Switching Jobs

Among some of the most exhausting life events (like moving home, going through a divorce, and having a new baby) is the stress brought on by switching jobs. You might not realise it, but changing jobs actually changes many facets of your daily life including your driving habits, who you interact with, where you get your meals, external responsibilities, your social life and even your confidence as a professional.

When you sink your teeth into a position and get acquainted with a routine, you settle in and become comfortable, which makes the newness wear off along with the stress of taking on a new job. Without a comfortable job, though, it’s natural to experience more stress as there is more uncertainty. Doubt can creep in and you can feel unsure of what your professional future holds. This is a normal human emotion. However, the key is to empower yourself to deal with your emotions and work through them in a constructive manner.

Dealing with Negativity and Grief

Regardless of the position you left, you can expect to feel some uneasy feelings tied to your previous job. Perhaps there were some disagreements, hurt feelings, animosity, ill will or anger that led to your departure. It’s helpful to remember that many individuals all over the world go through this on a daily basis. Instead of blaming yourself or holding onto negative feelings, it’s more productive and better for your overall well-being for you to forgive, let go of lingering angst, and seek a happier life for yourself.

In order to move on, you might want to cut ties with those that suck you back into your former work stress – or to voice your concerns to them at the very least. In some circumstances, the social interaction or friendship may not be worth it because of its effect on your mental health.

Meditation and Gratitude

To help you transition away from a past job and into new opportunities, it’s important to realise the significance and potential impact of meditation and gratitude. Utilising meditation may sound like a practice that only yogis and monks do during their practice, but it’s a ritual (even a state of being) that should be adopted by all. Put simply, meditation refers to gaining awareness of yourself on a deeper level. This includes witnessing your thoughts, tension felt in your body, bodily sensations, emotional state and even watching your breath. Over time, you’ll develop a greater capacity to witness your thoughts without feeling the need to change or alter them in any way. Awareness and acceptance is the ultimate goal.

Practising meditation will help you identify and cast off any negative emotions you’re still experiencing as a result of your job situation. Keep in mind, meditation is like a muscle; you’ve got to train it on a daily basis if you want it to get stronger. Regularly meditating will give you a greater capacity to stay present and more stress free. Leaving yourself a reminder in your daily planner or setting an alarm on your phone can be a helpful way to prompt yourself to meditate.

Along with meditation comes the added perk of feeling grateful. Truly feeling grateful on the deepest level will help you sense that whatever happens will be okay. Quite frankly, things do always work out in a positive way; we are just programmed to be fearful of the worst-case scenario. The mindfulness you achieve during meditation will help you get rid of the feeling that you need to plan every single step out for your professional future. It will help ground and centre your thoughts in what you have right in the present moment. You’ll be reminded that there is a lot more in life to appreciate than things related to your occupation.

Be Active on Your Search

Keeping yourself proactive on your job search will help you to stay mentally resilient and open minded. When you wallow and feel bad for yourself, you’re more likely to keep down that path of negative, doubtful thinking. It’s paramount to focus on the positive experiences and opportunities that lie ahead of you. Believe in yourself and trust that there’s a job out there for you that will serve your happiness and personal growth on an even larger scale than your last one.

Allot yourself some time each day to optimistically search for work, but also carve out some time for self-care and elevating your health. Meditation, running, weight lifting, Pilates, nature walks, other forms of exercise, or even walks with your dog will help give you a mental break from the craze of job searching and help re-balance your psyche. This way, you can feel confident that you’re taking the best version of yourself into your next job.


Helen Sanders is chief editor at Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Our goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. We pride ourselves on making sure our actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives.


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