How do you deal with a drastic job- routine change in your life?

I worked for 20 years at the same job-took the same 9 mile drive there, went to lunch and shopped at the same places. I decided to retire from there and start cleaning houses fulltime and it has only been a week but I have this horrible anxiety and panic since I am out of my routine. It isn't like I had to do everything the same way everyday-I guess I knew I had to be somewhere on the dot 9-5 and now I have a more relaxed schedule. I feel lost, even though I am pretty busy-not packed with customers but enough to get me started. I thought I was going to have fun since my job got to be so miserable and before I quit I was planning things and just really excited about it. I can barely get in the car and drive anywhere with these panic attacks I am having. Is it all going to blow over when I get into THIS routine?

Asked By: Pesty Wadoo - 9/28/2006
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You have taken a big step and should be proud of yourself for doing so. its only natural to feel anxious as you have stepped out of your comfort zone but if it was so comfortable then you wouldn't have wanted to change... More
Answered By: Spangela - 9/28/2006
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it will blow over just drink as much coffee as humanly possible.
Answered By: coffee - 9/28/2006
Look forward not backward
Answered By: chickenger - 9/28/2006
Change is hard. Even a change for the positive is good. Try to figure out what your anxiety is. If you think through it logically, you may be able to relax. Going from a fast paced environment to a slower pace is strange, but you can get through it. Give yourself more time - a week is not enough time to adjust... More
Answered By: Don't Know - 9/28/2006
You will soon get use to your new routine, but you have to give it time... More
Answered By: Kelly - 9/28/2006
Your experience is genuine, real and happens to most of the people who opt to retire after such long tenure of busy and routine pattern of life. And if it so happens that you had loved the job during the 20 year tenure, the sudden change causes more of such symptoms... More
Answered By: Spiritualseeker - 9/28/2006
you will get used to where you are and what you're doing. try to have a sense of adventure. i know this might sound silly, but i have an awful sense of dread when summer passes. yesterday i thought, "well, instead of spending so much time saying goodbye to summer, i should think of it as saying hello to fall... More
Answered By: curious - 9/28/2006
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