- Stay in the moment. Don’t get caught up in planning every single aspect of your life right now. Focus on what you can control in this moment. Create small immediate goals. What feels more achievable, creating a plan for the next couple of months or creating a plan for the next 40 years?
- Normalize. In these moments it is easy to feel like you are the only one experiencing this stress and anxiety. You aren’t. Many people are going through the same thing. Graduation marks the start of one of the biggest transitions of your adult life. It is completely normal to feel suffocated by uncertainty. Recognizing that you aren’t alone can be comforting.
- Seek out understanding people. Try to surround yourself with people who won’t ask you “what are you going to do next?” every two seconds. It’s important to have people in your corner that understand the space that you are in. Ideally these people will provide you with a shoulder to lean on while also preventing you from getting trapped in your stress.
- Develop a stress reduction technique. How do you normally deal with stress? What makes you happy? What are your triggers? These are some questions to think about when trying to reduce your stress.Try to maintain a healthy sleep pattern and exercise routine. Be intentional about doing things that you enjoy.
The post graduation transition can be a difficult time for many people. It is normal to experience feelings of stress and anxiety. If these feelings get too overwhelming do not hesitate to contact one of the therapists at Philadelphia MFT. We look forward to assisting you through this stressful period.
This Topic of the Week was written by Malyka Cardwell, MFT.