Can Taking a Step Down the Career Ladder Help Stop Panic Attacks? Part 2

Here we will continue our look at some of the things to think about before deciding whether taking a lower paid job could help you avoid panic attacks.

3. Learn new things. One of the best things about being in the same job for a long time is that you become an expert in it. However, the downside to this is that you can become too comfortable and afraid of changes, and the very thought of some sort of upheaval can cause anxiety and stress. A change of career means that you need to learn new skills, and this means that you will be better equipped for future changes in your life too. Getting a new perspective and meeting new people can also help you appreciate the good things that you have in your life and see the bad things for what they really are.

4. Career frustration. What if you leave behind a really good job and in a couple of years time you meet an ex-colleague who tells you about their business lunches, foreign travel and great salary? Could you handle the frustration of knowing that you could have been in their shoes enjoying the same kinds of thing? Even when you now have a good life it is hard not to feel envious of someone who tells us how well they are doing.

We can see that there are some big plus points and also some pretty major negatives to be considered here, as with any life changing decision. Some people find that the best thing to do is to take the longest break possible from work and pretend that they have left the career behind them. You need to trust your judgement in this case, and really try to gauge whether you sense relief and a less stressed outlook now. If you do, and you have considered the other points on this list, then you should be in a position to make your decision.