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How to Manage Your Wellbeing After Graduation

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Are you facing that challenging post-graduation period when the summer partying is over, your university friends are scattered all over the place and the cold reality of ‘what now?’ slaps you in the face?

You might also be living at home with your parents after gaining your degree. And I know that being in limbo feels unsettling because I’ve seen it with my own daughters after their graduation. What helps to manage your wellbeing after graduation?

Transition is about change

What served you before in university may not serve you in your new situation and environment. For example, you may cling to existing habits and the familiar, and dislike taking risks. Or you might embrace the change as an exciting adventure into the unknown as you look forward to asserting your independence further. Yet, whatever your circumstances, it taxes your emotions, your mind, and your pocket. Often, graduates say it feels like a conflicting mix of liberation and anxiety.

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5 ideas to self-manage

Here are 5 approaches to managing your wellbeing for a healthy transition after graduation:

  • Recognize your emotions. Don’t hold on to being in denial about your situation (“I’ll do it tomorrow”), anger (“It’s not my fault”), or frustration (“I don’t know what to do”). If you hold on too long, nothing changes other than feeling even more stuck. Self-doubt is understandable, especially if your friends are making more progress than you. Or if you’re questioning the value of your degree. So, accept your emotions and let them go without resentment. Research shows that accepting negative emotions is beneficial to mental health. Also, a little soul searching helps a better understanding of the people around you.

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