Upon writing this in Summer 2022, the United States just had the “Great Resignation”. Did you get a new role? Maybe you have already found yourself starting a new job during this time. I hope it was the dream role for you! What did you find helpful in starting this new job as a sensitive, introverted woman in the world? If you didn’t yet get a new job but are considering it, I want to give you some tangible tips to make this life transition a little easier for you.
A note about jobs, working for yourself and others…
Of course, you know I work for myself and LOVE it. And, if you want to get some support and coaching around entrepreneurship and small business ownership as an HSP woman, I’d love to connect. But, I know that life isn’t for everyone. Maybe your next career move will take you to the city of your dreams. Or, afford you the luxury of traveling the way you want to. Give you the chance to plant some seeds in a lovely community for your family. No matter what your motivation is for starting a new job, I want to help. Let’s make sure you have the tools to make this move in a way that aligns with your HSP nature.
7 Tips for HSP Women Starting a New Job
- Tour your new workspace before you start. Or, if you are working from home, get it all set up and practice writing or sending a few emails from your new home office. This can help with the anxiety of not knowing the space or where things are.
- Get your stuff ready the day or night before your first day. This way you won’t be looking for your favorite top while stressing out about drive times and finding a parking spot. Consider what you will need for breaks and quiet time as well (headphones, water bottle, snacks, etc.). That way, you can spend those precious minutes getting the alone time you need.
- Or if you’re working from home, make sure programs and everything is running smoothly the day before. See if someone from IT or HR can help you do test runs. That way, you aren’t spending your whole first-day missing meetings.
- If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, or even if you have a smoothie, have everything you need set up the night before so that you can still get your regular drink and it won’t throw you off.
- Ask HR or your new boss for an outline of what your day may look like. As someone with HSP, I know that routine and familiarity are treasured. So, this can be helpful to quickly make this a part of your new routine.
- If you have noise-canceling headphones, bring them to work. These can help you block out overstimulating noises when you are trying to focus or if you’re feeling overwhelmed. When you do pop them in though, try to put up a sign on your desk or send out an email to your team so they know.
- If you can choose where your desk is, try to have one where there is a window so that you can see outside and it can help you take a minute. Plus, natural sunlight is known to help brighten your mood. If that’s not a choice, bring things that bring you joy to brighten up your office or desk. Of course, consider any light sensitivity accommodations and bring a lamp or other item(s) that will assist with this common HSP issue!
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No matter what your new role is, I’m hopeful that you will find the best fit and routine for your life. What other tips and tricks do you have for other sensitive, introverted women who are starting a new job? Please share them in the comments, or reach out to talk with me more about this privately! As an HSP and introvert coach, I would love to help you figure out individualized strategies to more fully live life as a radical introvert. Let’s connect! I help women all over the world find peace and acceptance with their introverted nature. You can learn more about my radical introvert coaching program with this free, Radical Introvert Audio Training “How to Find Peace in This Fast-Paced World”. When you’re ready to take action, I make it simple to book a free, 30-minute consultation call with me. I can’t wait to hear from you!