The day you are going to get your degree is usually the day of celebrations. But once the graduation parties are over it’s time to take what you’ve learned and become a productive member of society mostly student face the Post-Graduation Stress.
After graduation most horrible question started following you that ‘so “You’ve graduated. now what?’ This time period is very sensitive for students as most of them don’t realise the impact this will have on them.
Graduating from universities and entering the practical life is perhaps one of the most shocking life transitions a graduated can face. Leaving university successfully is a key life transition, which can be extremely stressful for some students. For a number of students, pre-existing mental health problems may be aggravated during this transition.
Many students experience frustration and doubt, but sometimes those thoughts gain intense momentum, bringing students to a place where they seriously consider ending their lives.
While talking about the beginning of the depression, the graduates revealed that they gradually pulled themselves into depression by suddenly changing their lifestyle and daily routine, which they followed from last 5 to 6 years. This sudden change caused behavioural changes in people.
As per depression victims, in the first week of post-graduation, students felt great. By week three, though, something changed as they have a pervasive feeling of loss.
Within two months, the phase of depression might be started and students feel that something is going wrong in their lives. At that time, they do not clearly understand that what is happening with them, and feeling of unclear future goals and ambitions engulfed them. At this stage, the role of the family is much needed and important as positive attitude and support from family could prevent its child from this most negative life-changing experience.
In student life we all have the dreams of a good job, a handsome salary package and an ideal life but unfortunately, we did not prepare our self for the harsh reality of ‘unemployment’, which is on high rates in our country. So ultimately when students entered in practical life and started efforts to get a job of their dreams, they have to face rejections and much more which affect the mental health and self-esteem of students.
The phase of searching a good job is very difficult as it’s actually the beginning of the stress which could lead to depression and other mental diseases.
Depression and stress could affect the selection of entry-level career of adults as one of the key issues which student have to face is the loss of self-confidence. Students might felt that they are not in a position to apply for any high profile or an elite job because they could not provide employers with enough knowledge and could not meet the standards of the organization.
However, this lack of confidence forced them to apply for unrewarding local jobs that they didn’t feel reflected what they had learnt during their academic studies, subsequently further diminishing their self-esteem and the sense of achievement they associated with getting their degrees.
Here is an important question arises that, ‘Is the role of academic institutes ended with awarding the degrees? The answer is a big NO, as concerned institutes could also play an important role as some universities are good at offering career support to their graduates and stay in touch through online career counselling services.
With tools such as online access to university mental health resources or through practical information given alongside their course of study, will enable students to feel more informed and confident when they have to make important decisions regardig their professional career.
How Do You Know if You’re Depressed?
Depression can be a cycle of dark thoughts and feelings of worthlessness which engulfed you completely and Soul-searching and self-awareness become impossible for you, but it is important that you should try to analyze yourself. Symptoms for depression differ from person to person. The way one person displays signs of depression is not necessarily the way symptoms emerge in others.
- Changes in sleep habits
- Appetite changes, including either a loss of appetite or overeating
- Feelings of stress and apprehension
- Trouble concentrating
- Sweating and dizziness
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
- Muscle pain and tension
Pull Yourself out of Depression
Here are some ways that can help you to overcome issues related to your mental heath.
- If you feel comfortable speaking with a friend or relative about your concerns, feel free to discuss your problem of life-changing transitions. You will definitely find someone who will help and accompany you to your healthcare provider.
- In addition to eating well, sleeping, and practising other self-care, there are also a number of hobbies that can reduce stress. You might want to consider involving yourself in a hobby that is not only enjoyable, but that can help reduce your overall stress levels.
- Scheduling a weekly session with your friends could help get you out from difficult times.
- Maintaining essential areas including new lifestyle (which can make it easy to put fitness, sleep, and healthy eating) could help you retain your sanity and feel clear-headed, even on your most anxious days.
- Trained and licensed mental health professionals can provide support in helping you to find relief from your symptoms. Psychotherapy can help individuals to address mental health issues.
- Exercise has countless physical health benefits such as strengthening your heart, lowering blood pressure, reducing body fat, and improving strength. Exercise has also been shown to have numerous mental health benefits including reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.
- You should take proper sleep as it could affect your psychological state and mental health. A proper and healthy diet could also play a vital role to come out of mental health issues.
- In order to get temporary relief from stress and depression, Students should avoid the use of drugs and alcohol.