That’s how many days it’s been since I’ve officially graduated university.
That’s how many things I’ve accomplished since then.
Am I being hard on myself? Probably. But ever since I first started going to school as a three-year-old, I’ve been so accustomed to the “do something” mindset that I’m finding it hard to chill out. I’ve seen friends who are older than me graduate a year or two ago and go through the same unsettled feeling that I’m going through. Somehow, these things always seem worse when you’re experiencing them first-hand.
01. Give yourself a time-out.
I think us early-twentysomethings are so set on hitting the ground running that we forget to take breaks sometimes. If you get sentimental with it, graduating school, college, or university is finishing an entire chapter. That’s something you can put a huge checkmark across on the to-do list of your life, like buying a house or having children. It’s a big deal, and you need to understand that life won’t ever really be the same again. It’s okay to pause. It’s okay to spend a couple weeks doing nothing. Take the time to destress, to breathe, and to prepare yourself for what’s coming next.
02. Start with the basics.
I can bet you my new penguin pajama set that your last semester at uni was one of your more stressful ones. That was the case with me, and towards the end, I found myself surviving on ramen noodles and staying up until 4 in the morning trying to cram for finals. This is why it’s so important to fix your sleeping schedule, focus on your diet, and establish some sort of exercise regime. Here’s what I’m doing:
- Waking up at 8AM and sleeping at 11PM. I need a good 9 hours to feel refreshed and this schedule personally suits my lifestyle the best.
- Intermediate fasting; I plan to eat from 11AM to 7PM. Intermediate fasting has a ton of health benefits, including getting your BMI in check.
- Cardio via running. If you follow me on my Instagram, you would have seen a recent haul I posted where I bought new Nike running shoes, leggings, and a cute workout top. I want to use these at least six times a week by running on the treadmill we have in our house. I want to do HIIT and follow this graphic I found on Pinterest. I’ll probably change up my workout routine later on so my body doesn’t get used to it, but I think this is a good starting point.
03. Write it out.
This is an exercise one of my professors had told me about when I was at a crossroads about what I should be doing in life. He told me to sit down with a pen and paper (or in front of a blank Word document, whatever floats your boat), pretend that I have a catalogue with everything life has to offer, and list what I want. The end result should be a vague idea of what your perfect life looks like. The point in doing this exercise is to put down visually what you want, and then work backwards to square one. For example, when I did this exercise, one of the things I wanted was to have a successful online brand. That is the end result. I worked my way backwards from there and wrote down exactly what I would need to do to attain this goal: pick a name, choose a niche, start a blog, open social media accounts…etc. etc. until you have a guidebook of exactly what you want and how to get it. And if you have any gaps or points where you’re unsure, Google is your best friend.
04. One day at a time.
This is my biggest tip. It’s so important to divide your big goals up into bite-sized portions so you do a little bit everyday. I’m sure you’ve heard it before: slow and steady wins the race. One thing I do is make little daily to-do lists in my planner every Saturday night, so my week begins with everything already set out for me rather than me having to stress over it in the morning. By the time the following Saturday rolls around, I’ve gotten a lot done by doing a little bit on the daily.
If it makes you feel any better, just know that everybody goes through this, which means: you will get through this just like they did. All it takes is patience and being kind to yourself.
I hope you found this post helpful! What are you biggest tips to beat the post-grad blues?