College can be stressful enough, but graduating? Now that’s really nerve-wracking. It’s the first real step towards adulthood.
No more classes and friends — it’s the real world and job applications. The summer after graduation can be pretty intimidating, but don’t let it get the best of you.
We have a few ways you can reduce the post-graduation stress.
Confront the future.
Don’t feel discouraged because you haven’t heard back from potential employers or you’ve been rejected by others.
You may not have a job at the moment, but actively applying will keep you in the right mindset, knowing you’re doing everything you can to get a job.
Make a plan for the future. Figure out where you want to be a year from now, so you can slowly work your way toward that goal.
Keep things in perspective.
In this day and age, it’s common for most college graduates to not have a job straight out of college. Don’t let it freak you out.
There are plenty of other students in your shoes right now. Just because someone you know landed his or her dream job doesn’t mean there isn’t hope for you.
If you’re not getting anywhere right now, consider alternative routes for where you want to be. Ease into your dream job by applying for one that’s in a related field. If you want to be a writer, for example, maybe try something in communications first.
Practice stress reducers.
Even with a goal and perspective, there will still be a lot of stress to deal with.
Prepare yourself by practicing daily stress reducers. Try taking a walk, meditating or picking up yoga — whatever works best for you.
Do anything to calm your nerves and make you less anxious. This will be helpful in the long run, even after you find a job.
Finally, remember to be happy!
To keep your stress levels low, take care of yourself by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting a good night’s rest.
While you should be working toward your goals, you should also be enjoying life. Don’t let worrying over job applications define you.
When you’ve done all that you can possibly do, give yourself a break and relax.
Post-graduation stress is normal, but letting it control your life is unhealthy.
As you transition to the real world, remember these simple steps to calm your nerves and keep your head in the right place.
The real world can be scary, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be conquered. Keep yourself motivated and don’t let your stress get the best of you.
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