I recently in the last few months started a new job as a supervisor after leaving an old job that I was very familiar with. As soon as I started the new position I hated it and frequently had panic attacks and couldn’t sleep. I did not last long at the new job and decided to leave abruptly after not sleeping or eating and losing 20 lbs in the process. Well I took two months off and now I found another job in the same industry but I am no longer a supervisor, but unfortunately I’m starting to have anxiety and loss of sleep and irrational worry. I’ve been in this industry for 20 years and I’ve never had this issue. I don’t know how to calm myself and quit the negative thoughts and worry.
Gosh, it sounds tough that the worry and sleep disturbances have persisted since leaving this supervisor role and giving yourself some time to rest. Sometimes when we are exposed to incredibly stressful environments and roles, it can take a little bit of time for your brain and body to simmer down again, especially when it had been elevated for a bit of time.
Since it sounds like the worry is both grounded in thought and body sensations, it might be helpful to identify a therapist who is familiar with CBT for anxiety or CBT for insomnia (CBT-I), and clinical mindfulness.
In addition to talking to someone and challenging these thought patterns, it could also be beneficial to engage in some type of movement-based activity to relieve this excess energy, whether: yoga, running, dance, or something different. Always good to combine care with a nutritionist or physician as well.