Anxious About My New JobFeelingsAnxious About My New Job<div class="ExternalClass639A7C20105D4C5CA577F079E6438BC9"><p>​<span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">So I just started a new job, which is nice, but I feel like that brought on social anxiety to the max that I have never felt before. I don't talk to anyone at my job because I don't want them to think I am weird, and I am afraid of them talking behind my back about me. So, to avoid all that I don't talk to anyone. I am afraid to ask questions in fear that someone might snap at me or think I am annoying. I am having these thoughts that I might get fired even though it’s just my third day at work and I am still adjusting. Thinking about all this makes me want to cry because it’s like I cannot enjoy the fact I have a new job </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassAA7BBC73FB41469A95F3F3A37B8D1AF8"><p>​We're glad you reached out about this. It sounds like these concerns have been causing you such anguish that you can't focus on your job or making connections at work, and that can feel very isolating. </p><p>The feelings you are having are real and they are normal. It is difficult to start a new job. Allow yourself to start small. Make it your goal during your next shift to smile and say hi to your coworkers. That's it, just smile and say hi. The next shift you can add to this – smile, say hi and ask a question. As you take small steps you will feel the anxiety lesson. Look at this tip to help prepare you for your next shift: <a href="/Pages/tip-6-steps-to-curb-social-anxiety.aspx?Topic=Anxiety">6 Steps To Curb Social Anxiety</a> and <a href="/Pages/Feelings-Plan.aspx?Topic=Anxiety">Feelings Plan</a></p><p>​Step by step, things will get better. </p><p>Myra, counselor<br></p></div>19

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