Starting a new job is a stressful experience whether it be your first job or your tenth. Your surroundings are unfamiliar and faces are not recognisable and you are now known as nothing other than the ‘new girl’. For most people this is a very daunting experience and one in which takes a lot of courage. It is completely normal to have thoughts such as “Am I going to make friends?” “What if I mess up?”
Here are my top 5 tips to avoid a nervous breakdown on your first day.
TIP 1: Get a good nights sleep prior to your first day.
This is such an obvious tip and sounds like such a cliche but have you ever been sat at your desk at work and the only thing on your mind being “is it home time yet? I just want a nap”. Yes. Me too. A lot of my time at work is spent counting down the time until I can go home and snuggle in bed and shut my eyes for that snuggly mid afternoon nap. To avoid this happening get at least 7 hours shut eye the night before. Not only will you wake up feeling refreshed but you will find that the day doesn’t drag as much as you are not time watching.
TIP 2: Learn Names.
Learning everyone’s names on your first day is going to be near impossible but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a few. Addressing someone by their name adds that personal touch making a person feel more welcomed and friendly. This can be ice breakers in awkward situations.
TIP 3: Get Organised.
A tidy desk is a tidy mind. Start your new job organised. Know about the company, know the code of conduct and most importantly now your job role. There is noting worse than turning up to a new environment knowing no one nor your surroundings. Getting organised can make a small dent into helping you feel at home. It’s like dipping your toe into the lake. Small steps turn into big steps. You need to take the small steps to get the ball rolling.
TIP 4: Stay Calm.
There is nothing worse than stressing out when the situation is already stressful. Don’t add fire to the flames. Take deep breaths. Count to ten. In the grand scheme of things it’s not as bad as you think it is. Take a step back and look at the bigger picture and remember, stay calm.
TIP 5: SMILE!! 🙂
Last but not least smile. There is nothing more welcoming than a friendly smile. Smile to your future colleges. No one wants to come and talk to a stranger who looks grumpy. Smile and welcome your colleagues to engage in conversation. A smile goes a long way.