Congrats on your new job, Brianna! New jobs are always a bit stressful and probably more so since you have been out of work so long. I agree with SuFu about eating a good breakfast. Also as much as possible, plan your food for the work day (lunch) in terms of time and also whether you will bring food or know a reliable place to eat and maybe even what you will order. As much planning as possible reduces stress. I went out of town to a conference recently only a couple weeks after starting on the pump. I knew my schedule would be tight so I brought both lunch and dinner food, planned where and when I would eat, and basically went over the whole day’s schedule with a finetooth comb to see how I would manage. It didn’t all go as planned but because I’d thought it through I could switch to plan B.
Be sure you have everything packed and ready to go with whatever diabetes supplies and possible food items you want to take with you so you don’t feel frantic in the morning. Maybe even plan other things like what time to leave and what you will wear. It all will help reduce stress.
Will your blood sugars be perfect despite the stress and change in routine? Probably not, but don’t let it freak you out. Just be prepared with glucose tabs (or whatever you use) for possible lows and to correct any highs. I don’t know if your new job knows about your diabetes, but they don’t necessarily need to know if you have problems. If you have a private office, great. If not, (and I know I’ll get flack for this…lol) use the bathroom to test or your car if that is convenient so you don’t have to add worrying about your “image” to other stress.
Finally once you’ve prepared the best you can, keep track of your anxiety level throughout the day and if you feel yourself getting really stressed just take a moment to do some deep breathing and whatever relaxation techniques you know. Know that the first day is always the hardest and it will get easier from there.
Again, congrats and you’ll do fine!