Yesterday was the third time, since I started working at 16, that I’ve had to ask for a raise. It never gets easier but this time I dealt with the anxiety by live-tweeting my emotions prior to the meeting with my manager. Am I using Twitter correctly yet?
With asking for a raise comes a lot of anxiety and I didn’t have an outlet, since I’m not telling my coworkers that I’m asking for a raise. So, my outlet was Twitter!
I started by making my anxiety very clear:
My anxiety started acting up at this point. You know when you’re so nervous that your thoughts begin to run wild?:
Then, I tried to shake the nerves off because I know that a raise is what I deserve:
I think I may have gone a bit crazy for a moment:
So my plan was to meet with my manager as soon as he got into the office but he was running late. So obviously, I got impatient:
Finally, he arrives and I get one last rush of anxiety (thanks body)
I gave myself one last push:
Anxiety is such an interest feeling. Prior to my meeting with my manager I felt so foreign in my own body. My hands were ice cold and shaking, my stomach felt uneasy, I was nauseous, my leg kept shaking and I couldn’t sit still. As soon as my meeting ended I felt a wave relaxation hit my body and I was immediately calm; I completely went from 60 to 0.
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Have you ever had to ask for raise before? How did that go?