(Closed) feeling anxiety over career change (long)

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I don’t think you’re being spoiled. Although I’ve never been in your situation I would probably feel the same way.  I think that your anxiety is stemming from the ‘unknown’ and you may even be internalizing happy anxiousness into bad.  I’m sure that as time goes on and you ease into freelancing then you will start to feel better.  And like you said, you can always apply somewhere else if this doesn’t work.

Don’t worry, enjoy this time! My best friend currently is unemployed awaiting a job that can’t start till this month sometime due to contracts and budgeting.  She was so upset and worked up over not working and feeling down the past month or so and I just kept telling her its ok! You can afford to wait for this job enjoy having your days to yourself.  I miss having the days to myself and am constantly teasing my fi about becoming a sahw.


Good luck!


Post # 4
933 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t think you sound spoiled – it is a big deal to make a change like this.  I’m wondering why the self-imposed 1 month break? I took a week off between jobs and I felt anxious until I started the job.  If you have nothing you’re focused on, all the energy that you usually spent working will build up, and *poof* you feel super anxious.  Or at least, that was my week off (until I discovered Mad Men, but that’s another story).

Some unrelated advice that has worked for me – don’t let yourself worry or feel nervous all the time. Instead, designate a time of day, or a couple of times during the day, to spend your time worrying.  And the rest of the time, if you are stressed or worrying about something, tell yourself, “Worry about it between 4:00-4:30 pm today.” No many how many new other worries come up, keep telling yourself to bring them to the “Worry appointment.” It sounds a little weird but it works. 

Post # 5
532 posts
Busy bee

Do you have a plan in place now? Once you have some direction,you will feel better

Post # 6
1642 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@janie-janie:  This is the story of my life. I felt this exact way after Fiance and I put an offer on a house…something we should have been so excited about made me feel SO MUCH anxiety! Same with career changes: I, too, am a designer. I think a lot of my career anxiety comes with the trappings of being in a creative field: a lot of people think they can do what we can do, and in order to save money, they forgo our services. My next career move with be to an ad agency where there’s a bit more strategy behind designs, but I think what’s freaking you out is the unknown. There is a possibility that you will fail, but there is also a possibility that you will do really, really well! Focus on the positive…

Post # 7
7291 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think we often base our self worth and Identity within our jobs and also ability to get jobs at time!

You are venturing into the great unknown…its okay to be scared! Just tell yourself what you need to hear, and remind yourself of all the love and support your have. Use your energy to good use in propelling yourself towards your goals, instead of worrying 🙂


Post # 9
320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro

I totally understand! When I made the decision to switch careers, I felt the same type of anxiety. I knew on a rational level that I had made the right decision, but I felt so stressed out for an entire week (okay, couple of weeks) afterwards. My husband was nice enough to listen to me babble on and on and justify my decision over and over, even though he thought that I should have made the switch even earlier.

Once I got back into a schedule — even if my days during my break between my old job ending and my new job beginning were only filled with trips to the dog park, classes at the gym, and errands and chores — I felt a lot better.

Good luck and have fun on your one-month break!


Post # 10
4477 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It’s a huge change shrouded with uncertainty, and you are solely responsible for running things.  That’s stressful!  It’s completely natural for you to feel that way.  As for helping you to relax, maybe make a list of what you get done each day so you have a sense of accomplishment when you wrap up each evening?

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