So after many years of pulling out all-nighters because of exams and projects, and after all the stress and attending classes that you might not really enjoy, you are finally done with school… But the thing is you might have to deal with post-graduation depression.
It might come as a relief, that now you are finally closing a stressful chapter of your life, you are no longer going to sit in class, or even study for an exam. That’s good, right? But all these happy thoughts can be followed with the idea that you actually finished school, as in, you are about to say goodbye to a familiar part of your life, and now you are about to face the unknown.
You might now feel nostalgic about all the memories you have made during the years of studying, all the faces you met, and the friendships you made.
I am not trying to make you cry (but just in case, grab some tissues if you feel like it), because just like you, I am soon to be a graduate, and this is something I have thought about a lot lately.
So, I do think it’s important to be aware of the situation, and acknowledge your feelings, before they hit you all at once, and you won’t be able to process them in the right way, or not at all.
So in this article, we are going to talk about how you can cope with those sad feelings in the right way, so you can move on, and start a new fresh chapter of your life.
Tips to cope with post-graduation depression:
Go easy on yourself
Allowing yourself to freak out is an important part of the process. Because that way you won’t be just trying to ignore the depression and sleep on it.
As you are allowing yourself to have a few crying sessions if needed. Acknowledge that you have the right to feel whatever you are feeling, so don’t be hard on yourself for feeling scared, or anxious.
Accepting your feelings is what’s going to allow you to move on in a better way, rather than just trying to skip to the happy part.
Have some alone time
Having alone time is very important to process how you feel. Sitting alone with your thoughts instead of ignoring them is a way of dealing with post-graduation depression.
But having alone time doesn’t necessarily mean doing nothing. You can choose to do things that you enjoy, like watching your favorite show or practicing your hobby. This can make you feel alive, and remind you that everything is going to be okay.
Often when we are going through depression in our lives, we forget about taking care of ourselves. That’s because we get so caught up in our thoughts that a simple task seems huge.
But you can take it step by step, get up a bit early, take that fresh shower or bath, get that skin routine, have that fancy breakfast, move your body a little bit, spoil yourself because you deserve it, and celebrate closing a challenging chapter of your life.
As part of the self-care that we talked about, exercising and moving your body in any way is helpful.
If you are used to working out, good for you, try not to skip the working out sessions in this period, as it’s going to be good for you.
But if you don’t really work out, you don’t have to start with 100 push-ups a day to feel like you are exercising. Just moving your body for few minutes, doing yoga, for example, is very refreshing mentally and physically.
Talk to your friends about it
In periods like these, you might feel like you are the only person dealing with depression, which might make you feel ashamed talking about them.
The thing is, post-graduation depression is very common, and it’s most likely that your friends are feeling the same thing.
So just go ahead, choose the person that you trust and love the most and open up. It will help you put things into perspective, and feel less lonely.
Going out and meeting your friends, or maybe new people can be helpful to feel better.
It will allow you to pause the negative thoughts for a while, and forget about the depression and anxiety you are dealing with.
So, when your friends make plans and invite you to go out, try not to say no right away. And even if you don’t feel like it, try to have fun and just celebrate the new life that is coming.
The unknown might be scary yet it can be exciting at the same time, so don’t be afraid to explore and live your new experience fully!
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