From kindergarten through college, school is one of the main constants in a young adult’s life. Even though exams, projects and homework can be overwhelming and stressful for students, attending school provides a structure and potential support system that some people may not realize they depend on. And once graduation time hits, it can be intimidating to enter the “real world.” With stressors such as debt, job searching and social media expectations surrounding post-graduation, the transition can be challenging and can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. Fortunately, every step along the way can be taken in stride – if equipped with the correct mindset.
Below are a few tips and words of encouragement to help conquer the battle that post-grad depression brings.
Recognize the risks of social media
Social media creates the facade that everyone is living the perfect life, which produces feelings of envy and anxiety in most young adults. Comparing yourself to others online can be damaging to your mental health. Know that social media only shows the highlight reels, and the hard times simply aren’t shared. Try giving your friends on social media a call instead. You may learn that they are experiencing similar problems, and you can confide in each other.
Follow your own path
Your journey might be different from others around you – and that’s ok. Start by coming to terms with the fact that life after college might be difficult and start preparing for the stressors of debt, loneliness, etc. This doesn’t make your outlook on life negative – it makes it realistic. Know that everyone goes through scary transitions at some point and that you aren’t alone.
Know your worth
Don’t be ashamed if things don’t go how you imagined them. You conquered an incredible feat – graduating college! You have a bright future ahead of you, and you are worthy of finding a job, meeting new friends and more. Accepting this will help push you through this temporary situation. To start the process, begin integrating stress-management activities into your daily routine. Make a point to involve yourself in activities you enjoy – no matter how big or small! Take up journaling, painting or even a new language. Anything that challenges you to stay motivated can help you in your transition.
If you identify with the emotions discussed in this blog post or recognize some of the above characteristics in a friend or loved one, know that help is out there. South Bay Community Services strives to provide the proper programs, certified staff members and clinicians for the perfect combination of professional therapy and guidance. At South Bay, clients can find the support and guidance they need the most.
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