Oh dear . . . I may be heading back to the work force myself. There IS a lot of stress out there. But I think the worst stress of all is trying to anticipate what you'll be dealing with. "I have nothing to fear but fear itself!" So make sure you stop playing those "fear" tapes in your head . . . they drain us WAY fast.
You need a little mantra to play over and over instead. Like a script
ure or a good quote. If you can't shake the bad tapes, do some gentle exercise like walking or go up and down the steps a time or two (depending on your ability) . . . it uses up the adrenalin from the "fight or flight" syndrome going on in your body. When we get anxious, our bodies flood with adrenalin so we can either fight or flee . . . so, if you don't use that extra energy you just feel very anxious. Great time to sweep or wash the floor too!!
Do you have your first week of work clothes lined up in the closet?? You could de-stress by getting some things ready ahead of time.
Also . . . don't put too high expectations on yourself. Your new job will likely unfold in a manageable way. As you complete each task, your confidence will build and you'll shake off this fear. I sure feel for you as I hesitate to put myself out there because my brain just doesn't work like it used to. Then again, it may never work well unless I am forced to do that type of work again. I was administrative assistant in a law office and then for a judge. . . . I worry about
going back to work too
I hope some of the working members will give us some tips too. I used to nap at lunch time, thats for sure. And I'd stop somewhere on the way home and take a 5-10 nap in the car because my eyes would be so tired, I was afraid to drive home like that.
I hope you'll keep us all posted how things go . . . I'll live vicariously through you for a bit!!
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