A few years ago I graduated from college making me one of the thirty-three percent of Americans with a bachelor’s degree. Man was it depressing… at first. At one point in time in my life everything was centered on the idea of leaving the small city I grew up in and experiencing the “college life”. Trust me when I say I LIVED the college life. But after I graduated reality hit me like a ton of bricks. I went from celebrating Easter in Paris and Memorial Day in Miami to celebrating the fact I won a prize from a cereal box while sleeping on my mom’s couch.
No one prepared me for the transition of having no real responsibilities to being an adult and pay bills. For four years I had a roof over my head, unlimited food, cable, Wi-Fi, and my friends were down the hall. What more could a young adult ask for? In order to maintain these things all I had to do was attend school and pass my classes.
I was not told that twenty percent of recent grads had low wage (below $25,000) jobs. I wasn’t told that almost half of Americans ages 24-35 would spend 30% or more of their income on rent. I was told to expect the student loan calls so soon. By the way can someone hack in Sallie Me and delete everything already? The pressure of obtaining a job to keep up with my lifestyle increased as the months went by. It was overwhelming and for 2 months I slept on my mom’s couch and silently panicked.
In comparison to other generations, millennial’s had the highest rate of depression and anxiety, with employment being a major concern. Post-graduate depression is real and the feeling of hopeless and lack of motivation can be detrimental ones psychological health. After finishing the entire Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Martin sitcom I decided it was time to do something about my depression. It’s not easy but there are ways to battle depression….
- Stay away from social media. Remember that people post their success and not their failures.
- The job market suck so apply to every job in your field. You just need one to say yes.
- Start a list and complete each task. Set realistic goals.
- Take your mental health seriously and talk to some.
- Get out. Take a walk, hangout with friends, just don’t stay in your room.
- Challenge yourself. Although you are no longer in the classroom setting find ways to challenge you mind.
Change does not occur overnight but with time and consistency I was able to take control of Share this article if not for you then for the culture. Because this blog is meant to make others aware that they are not alone and there is a way out.