In fact the stress is so common there is even a label for it. However, this is NOT a condition that needs medication. Post Graduation Stress Disorder is when the high of graduation decreases and the reality of what’s next is faced square on.
This type of stress can lead to some very bad habits and can also lead to premature death.
Most graduates are so excited about graduation and have poured hours and days into their studies to pass examinations and get ready for the big day. However, few have taken time to properly prepare for the next step which is how to use this new knowledge which has been worked so hard to get.
This type of stress bears the following symptoms:
- Feeling you are not in control of your life
- Feeling a lack of support after commencement
- Feelings of failure if the new graduate is unable to find work in their area of specialty in a reasonable length of time
- Sleeplessness and irritability
- Avoidance of normal, everyday activities* – *Please also be aware that these symptoms might not present themselves until some weeks or months after the commencement.
There are some very straight forward steps one can take to reduce the stress and take control of the situation.
First sit down and make a plan. It is good to talk with someone who has been through this already perhaps in the same industry. Map out your first couple of weeks. Then the first few months, six months and one year. Organize this into clear actions steps and prioritize these so that you have a step by step program. Now get busy on the plan. Use the same enthusiasm for this plan as you did for graduation.
What is YOUR Purpose. Have a clear picture of where you want to go and know that it will take work and persistence to get there. As long as you keep your vision on the goal you will get there. Be flexible in your plan so that you can make the appropriate changes as you progress. Just like sailing a ship you must navigate changing waters. Also, have a clear idea of WHY you are doing what you are doing. What is the driving force that keeps you excited and will continue to push you through the troubled times? Write it down and look at it often.
Put a winning team together. We rarely function alone. As you put your plan together take a look at those you know or those you will want to get to know that can help you on your journey. What is YOUR all star team. Who do you want those players to be. This may include coaches, friends, colleagues or other entrepreneurs, doctors, trades people, accountants, attorneys etc.
Keep in mind YOU have what it takes right now to take the next step. If you keep taking that next step you will be less stressed but most of all you WILL be successful. Here is to YOUR next step. If you are a graduate reading this Congratulations to you.
If you know someone that you feel would benefit from some personal coaching or needs guidance with a health related problem or to manage stress Dr. Shapero can help.
Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero
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