how to deal with anxiety?

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  1. celbrise

    celbrise

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    i started a new job last week i enjoy it the people are nice and extremely helpful i got a general idea of my station even on a busy day but im at that point where like i just have anxiety thinking about going into work.

    some days it isn't so bad as im just exhausted to care so it doesn't phase me. other days it is really bad to the point i want to just call in sick. over time i sure when i get better and used to the pace/flow and find my own ways to alternate it to suit me best it will be okay but for now idk.

    i also have a sketchy partner as well he likes to drink after work heavily knowing he works the next day and my sous chef told me he often calls in sick because of that thus why the guy before me quit.

    How do you deal with anxiety? i want to get to the point i can actually consider myself a chef not always being afraid of the simple stuff.
     
  2. chefwriter

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    You should and will always have anxiety. What it's about may change. For what it's worth, I'd rather hire someone who has anxiety about doing a good job than someone who is over confident about their abilities. The more you learn, the more you learn there is to learn.
    As for your current situation, count on and plan to run the station by yourself. If the other guy shows up, great. If not, you are ready for that. You get better by planning and practice. "Proper planning prevents poor performance."
    Eventually you move to a different station and it starts all over again. Eventually you become a chef and will have anxiety about scheduling, food costs and a lot more. The hustle never ends.
     
  3. sgsvirgil

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    If you are in this business and you don't have anxiety, you are either a liar or you're flat out crazy.

    You're normal. Just don't make the mistake of self medicating with booze and/or drugs, unless the drug rhymes with hot. :)
     
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  4. celbrise

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    i have anxiety because of 3 things basically

    1. the layout; our fridge on my station is super tiny although we try to pack everything before the rush once we get in and refill during down time their is still only so much we can bring out. just this past weekend we got slammed and we ran out of pepperoni then hummus. it sucks too because my station is the furthest from the fridge and we have to walk through at least 8 other people who are busy making orders. im sure it pisses them off when i walk back and forth but nothing i can do to help it.

    if we have 2 people one of us will go and restock when possible while the other stays to make orders but if i was alone im screwed basically.

    2. my partner calling in sick; he already did so on saturday luckily i had someone to help me i was very appreciative of my helper and tried to do everything myself because he did have to work a double that day but we did get slammed hard so only so much i could of done. im kind of expecting to work it on my own i know that won't be the case majority of the time but eventually one day.

    3. just during the rush; im getting better daily but like during the rush people are helping me and although i appreciate it i feel like i won't ever learn from the pace and just one day get slammed which is nothing to these guys but for me im struggling.

    i ask because at my other job after maybe like a year the anxiety went away. i was confident to do my job and it was only during the breakfast hours that i stressed out a lot because im cooking breakfast by myself with limited space. other here it's like we have more people but the pace is a lot faster.
     
  5. sgsvirgil

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    No offense, but, have you considered the very real possibility this life may not be for you? :)
     
  6. celbrise

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    haha yes twice. i've always had anxiety though sometimes over the dumbest imaginable things. my friends always asking me why im spazzing out over extremely basic things in life.

    it's also strange because it's only before the rush or before work. once im work it practically goes away. when im work it's like fk me up! or give me something to do prep wise or cleaning i'll do it. just to keep myself busy.
     
  7. frankie007

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    You have to keep this in check, it seems you are anxious a lot. Basically you will have more anxiety with more responsibility as you go up the ranks, it will get worse. i am with sgvirgil on this are you sure this life is for you?
     
  8. flipflopgirl

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    What sort of life do you have outside of work?

    I realize this may sound trite but I have an anxiety disorder with the occ panic attack (first one was at puberty) and the best medicine for me is to take care of myself.
    Rise early (yeah easy for me to say as I am retired) and splash some water on my face.
    Only 2 cuppa joes in the AM with a piece of fruit and an egg (usually) or a good "breakfast" cookie (make them yourself...the ones on the store shelves are full of crap fillers and other poisons).
    After that I pretty much graze for the rest of the day (mindful grazing...raw veg or a small smoothie... maybe a small portion of lean protein) and drink tons of water.

    Back in the day I did the usual after hours partying until dawn (whiskey and other substances) then flopped into bed (no sleep...just passing out) only to arise sometime after noon to rinse and repeat.

    I am convinced, tho, that some sort of daily exercise is the key to mental health.
    Finding time to do it can be difficult (a BS excuse IMO) but the main idea is to turn off the game console and move around a bit.
    I am in Texas so when it is too hot to take a leisurely stroll of the neighborhood I sometimes just hit the mall or vacuum the floors or fold laundry....mindless activity works for me.

    Why is jefe keeping mr no-show around?
    Family ties?

    mimi
     
  9. celbrise

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    pretty much i just sleep, eat, play video games. the only issue is with sleeping as no matter what time i sleep i always get up extremely early and always tossing and turning at night or i wake up multiple times during the night and am extremely tired regardless how much hours of sleep i get. been like that for years.. when i was in middle school i would knock out at 4 wake up at 12am then stay up doing homework.

    i mean it seems to be getting better over the days that pass by yesterday we got slammed due to a party but my pace has gotten extremely better. i think im just over reacting i mean it is a new job need time to adjust instead of comparing myself from my previous job which i worked at for 3 years to this one where i only worked for a few days. everyone says im doing a good job but to me it's not enough or good enough so i eventually try to work on it.

    this is probably like the only job i've had so far where im actually excited to go into work.
     
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  10. pete

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    Celbrise, you have said a few things that send up a few red flags for me and I really think you should probably see a doctor. #1. You say that you also have anxiety outside of work. This could be a symptom of other, bigger problems such as depression or other mental disorders. These are nothing to be ashamed of and talking to your doctor might get you on some much needed medication to help you overcome some of these issues. #2. You sleep issues. These could be a symptom of said disorders or it could be due to sleep apnea. These poor sleep habits could be a major factor in your anxiety. People like to believe that sleep apnea is an issue for old or fat people, but plenty of otherwise healthy people also suffer from sleep apnea. I would really consider seeing a doctor about this. Maybe they can help. Finally, I do agree with sgsvirgil, this business may not be for you. It is a very high stress job and lots of people can't handle the stress of this business. I've seen many a strong person crumble under the pressure of this job.
     
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  11. celbrise

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    could be depression dont have any mental disorders that i know of.

    as for the field part yea could not be the field for me as i mean i don't see myself as a head chef. sous chef possibly but not a head chef. i'll give it a few more months see where im at if i feel that way again then probably time to hang it up go into my hobby i mean the pay is a lot better but idk about the stress. still need to save up money anyways and already too late to sign up for college by the time i can get said money.
     
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    Here's a little mental health advice from one human to another. Give up the video games for awhile. You state that you eat, sleep and play video games. Perhaps a different pastime would be healthier. Practice a musical instrument, take up woodworking or painting. Read a book or three. Take a walk around town or any nearby woods.
    There's nothing wrong with video games generally. I've played many. But if that's your only non work activity, a change might do you good.
     
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  13. ChefMacleod.

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    If you just have anxiety going too work, it's completely natural in our line of work.

    Being anxious and nervous gojng into work shows you care and have passion for the job. Your frightend incase you mess up dishes. Just means you want to make everything perfect.
     
  14. xmoonlight444

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    Everyone gets anxiety at some point in time at work. Just learn to breathe and relax and you will be just fine. Don't let the anxiety take control over you, it's normal to get stressed out sometimes.