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5 Ways to Beat Post-College Despair

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 16 Mar 2016 - 12:08


No more papers, classes, projects and exams. Graduation, euphoria, depression! Does it ring a bell? Post college graduation, most youngsters experience depression, especially when they don’t have a job immediately. Unemployment blues kick-start right away, only to bog you down further, affecting your daily life. “You feel trapped by your degree, and you wonder if you are really doing the right thing for yourself”, says a college graduate.

Leaving the haven of college and education can be shocking to most students if they don’t have a positive career plan. Vicki Hays, Director of Counselling and Psychological Services at the University of Michigan, points out, “I think it's much harder actually leaving college than it is coming to college,". She also says, "Leaving is something completely new. For most people, they have not been without the structure of organized education ever in their lives."

5 ways you can beat post-college depression blues

1.      Look at the brighter side

It is when you start making plans that life actually starts and you get nothing by wasting your time brooding over something you know, you can never get back. So, cut the boredom. Think big. Look at the brighter side with hope. Think about that phase of life where you get to stand on your own legs, without depending on someone to meet your financial needs. Make the best use of your free time by looking up for current opportunities; start making new contacts and channel your efforts and enthusiasm towards finding a suitable job.

2.      Hold your reins. Get the right job, not just another job

Patience is the keyword. Once you’re on a job hunting spree, it is quite natural that you jump at every possible employment opportunity. Never be desperate about getting into that first job that comes your way, even though it’s not your cup of tea. Because once you’re in, you will be stereotyped to doing the same kind of job in the future, even if you have good skills in other areas of your liking. Career is very important. If you don’t make the right choice it can affect your life. So, take your time to weigh the pros and cons and then take a decision.

3.      Get off the relationship syndrome

Post college, most students tend to get back to an ex- or start new relationships, in an effort to shield their depression. This is one of the lamest things you could ever do. First of all, this is the last thing you want at this phase. If you get into a relationship, your life revolves around that person, their desires, their ambitions and plans, giving least priority to your career. So, let your romantic persona take the back seat for the moment, and start working out things on your own. Gear up yourself for one of the most exciting phases of your life of building an exciting career, and financial independence.  

4.      Focus on your best skills

While your past accomplishments can be quite motivating, there is also a risk of feeling insecure that these endeavours are taking you nowhere. Get realistic. Stop focusing on resumes and GPAs, instead think about those innate traits and talents which always helped you overcome obstacles, no matter how big they were. Tell yourself this is the next big challenge and motivate yourself to bring out the best of your traits to face this phase.

5.      Nurture a healthy communication with family

Family is the best source of strength and comfort especially when you are not sure of yourself. Communicate with family members about your frustrations to beat those blues away. Talk to them about monetary issues and your future plans. This will also ease you from parental pressures if any, and helps them understand your thoughts better.

Finally, maintain healthy social connections to ensure you don’t miss out on anything. Keep in touch with your classmates and friends to draw useful information about career opportunities, rather than gossip.

Post-College Do’s:

  • Change your routine
  • Exercise
  • Document your financial expenditure
  • Work on your hobbies
  • Find little things that make you happy

Post-College Don’ts:

  • Stay away from the pit of despair
  • Stop being perennially gloomy
  • Stay away from alcohol
  • Do not squander away money
  • Stop cursing yourself.


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