Overcoming Post-Graduation Blues

We all know graduation is a time for joy, but sometimes it can be annoying when people ask you certain questions. After hearing these questions you might start to question yourself and feel like you have to make all your decisions about your future right now. News flash – you don’t!

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Decisions take time and use this post-graduation time to celebrate and explore STEM career options.

Post-graduation blues are real and many recent graduates go through it. Even though this is a celebratory time it is also one of the first steps to jump-start your STEM career which can put a toll on your mental health. Remember to take care of your mind, body and spirit. 

7 Ways to Overcome Post-Graduation Blues:

1. Take a Vacation:

Use some of your graduation money or savings to take the trip/vacation. Get a couple of your friends together and take that girls trip vacation you always wanted. You deserve it!

2. Write it Out:

I am big on journaling and I encourage you to start one. Writing is a chance to release your feelings and let yourself free. Also, it is a good way to self-reflect on the next phase of your life.

3. Talk to Someone:

If you start to feel post-graduation blues call a friend and tell them how you feel. They will understand, especially if they have been in a similar situation. If you feel blue and think you are depressed talk to a professional therapist. When you talk to someone you will feel better. Remember it is okay to ask for help.

4. Start a Hobby:

I love hobbies and this is one of my favorite tips for many situations. Hobbies are a great way to release your emotions, relax and unwind. My hobbies: DIY projects, reading and writing.

5. Exercise:

We all need exercise because it helps improve our overall health. When you are feeling blue take a brisk walk, do yoga or HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Sometimes a little exercise is all you need.

6. Pray or Meditate:

When you are feeling down take a moment to pray or meditate. Think about all of your blessings, achievements and goals. You can write these things in your journal while you pray or meditate. This will help you put your mind at ease.

7. Do Something Fun/Makes You Happy:

Sometimes when we are down or frustrated we forget to take time out to do something fun or do something that makes us happy. Take time to soak in the graduation celebrations and have a blast. You deserve it!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE GRADUATES!!!

How did you overcome post-graduation blues? Share your tip(s) below.

Just in case you missed some of the posts in my recent graduate series here are the links below:

Recent Graduate Series

10 Gift Ideas for Science Graduates

7 Tips for Science Recent Graduates

7 Things NEVER to Say to a Recent Graduates

Overcoming Post-Graduation Blues

 

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