Post university blues are a genuine form of sadness that affects a significant proportion of the graduate population.

You’ve spent 3 years at university, a time which has been an influential and important few years of your life. The lessons you’ve learnt and the experiences you’ve had will no doubt have shaped both your personality and your world view. This, married with the fact you’ve never had so much fun in a short amount of time, can mean that you hold those times up as “the best of your life”.

The problem is, once you’ve reached university’s conclusion, the association with it being “the best time of your life” inevitably feels that you’re waving goodbye to your heyday as well.

You’re not alone in feeling down or depressed once you finish university. A large majority also get that tinge of post university blues, as the reality of “real-life” hitting, friends moving away and a fun chapter closing all add up to create a tough challenge mentally.

But it’s important to remember that a chapter closing means another one is about to open. Who would’ve known that when you left your parental home for the first time and went to university, it would’ve turned out as well as it did?

It’s time to look forward, whilst still having fond glances back. Those days have now finished. But by using some of the below techniques for beating the post university blues, you can appreciate what you had, whilst also creating more fun moving forwards.

 

There is no rush when university finishes, take your time

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You are not required to jump into a career job for life, nor do you have to cater to the expectations of society.

It’s easy to add extra pressure to yourself based on the expectations of others, so don’t do it. You’ve got the rest of your life in front of you, so take time to decompress after an intense few years. Chill, travel, start a hobby. Whatever pulls you in.

Do what you want to do.

 

Be active

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Whether we like it or not, we know keeping fit and healthy has a huge impact on our mental health.

If you’re feeling the blues, try and get into a consistent routine of keeping fit. Going to the gym once and taking a selfie in the mirror won’t help.

Make sure you create a lifestyle change that you can stick to, and you’ll reap the rewards in the long run.

 

Do whatever you want to do

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You control your own fate.

Not your parents, not your course and not society. Yes, you may have a longer-term version of moving into a certain industry. But you can decide when.

There’s no step backward at this point. Every step in your 20s and 30s, like university, is a learning curve in the right direction. If you fancy trying your hand at bar work for the very first time; then do it. Want to volunteer in Africa? Make it happen.

This period of continued of so-called reduced responsibility is invaluable, so use it.

 

Ditch social media apps and the comparison mindset

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Social media encourages lifestyle comparison.

It’s what it thrives on. It has its benefits, so I wouldn’t go and delete your account. But rid your phone of social media apps and rid your mind of comparing your life to others.

You’re running your own race and you can only find the start line when you’re looking for it, not through your phone.

 

Chase your dreams

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We’re all searching for purpose and meaning, and a lot of the time you can find it in the dreams you have.

If you’re lucky enough to have a big, lofty dream and you’re determined to get there, now is the time to start getting your foot onto the ladder and climb.

The feeling of progressing each day can be the most satisfying, and by knowing what you want to do, you’ll find energy and determination in getting there.

 

Keep in touch with your university friends

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You will drift with some of your friends after university.

It’s just the unfortunate truth and this contributes towards post university blues. But physical proximity to someone doesn’t have to define your friendship. If you’re truly close, you could go a year without seeing each other and when you finally do catch up for a drink, it’ll feel like you’ve hardly been away. It’s important to keep connected and engaged with each other, so the odd text or call will do wonders in maintaining your friendship.

It’s important not to forget what you’ve been through and to make sure you keep those good people around you.

 

You’ll no doubt feel the post university blues to some degree.

The self-proclaimed “best days of your life” seem like they’ve come to an end.

But if you glance back and remember the fond memories without wishing to go back in time, you can use the good times to power you forward into the next chapter of your life.

 

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