Health & Fitness, Personal

Post-Graduation Depression: The Thing Everyone Gets, & No One Talks About

Hi there everyone!  I know that I’ve been gone for a while, and I’m so sad about that!

I started this blog, and I had a great plan.  I was going to post 2-3 times a week,  I had an editorial calendar and a vision in front of me.

Then I graduated, and the strangest thing happened to me.  Instead of having this great drive to constantly work and improve upon this amazing new blog, I began to feel as though I had no energy to do anything.

This feeling of lethargy didn’t just stay with my blog: it touched every part of my life.  I had no desire to do anything.  I didn’t want to get out of bed, I didn’t want to try to find a job, I didn’t want to even go outside on a walk.  I was constantly feeling stress about everything in my life, big or small.

So why?  Where did all of the excitement from graduation go? Where was all of that spunk I had for so long?

My old roommate was talking to our other roommate and me when she said something that finally felt like an answer: post graduation depression.  Her mom had mentioned it to her, and when she mentioned it to me I finally felt as though I could understand what had given me such a dramatic shift in attitude.

It completely makes sense, too.  Suddenly my entire world was shifted completely: no more school, which had been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I’m expected to move out of my parent’s house and become independent with my new job.  The bar was suddenly set so high for me, and I wasn’t ready to deal with that.

Unfortunately, my feelings aren’t necessarily unique.  So many people deal with the exact same scary changes that I do and feel the same or similar feelings that I do.

So why don’t we talk about this?

I wish I could give a concrete answer!  Maybe because society stigmatizes mental illness so much that no one wants to discuss anything related to it.  Maybe because people are afraid that if everyone knows that there will be negativity associated with college less people will want to go there. Who knows!

I completely understand that people all have different experiences when it comes to graduating college, or really any big life event.  My experience with this depression may be totally different from someone else; some people may only feel a brief sadness for the life they had that is now behind them.  It’s completely subjective, but I feel like it needs to be talked about for people like me, who are hit with a serious fear of the future and don’t know why.

I hope this helps someone, or creates dialogue for people to consider in the future!  Either way, I’m a message away if anyone needs to chat!  I will be returning once more to the blog, renewed and ready to go.

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The Start of My Fitness Journey

Hello everyone!  If you’ve kept up with my blog, you know that I recently graduated and am now moving into the fascinating world of adulthood.  With this transition, I decided it was extremely important for me to start treating my body better than I have been.

Over the past two years, I have gained about 45 pounds, which is crazy to think about!  More than that, however, I feel as though I have let myself go in a lot of ways health wise, which is what the true focus of this journey is going to be on.  Not only have I gained a lot of weight, I’ve been eating incredibly poorly and not giving my body the nutrients it needs, and my mental health has been in a constant state of highs and lows.

I want to be clear when I say this: I am not trying to shame myself or make anyone else feel bad about if they are larger or smaller than I am.  I have been wanting to focus on my health for a very long time, and this was the best way to hold myself accountable while encouraging others who may be considering trying to become healthier.

With that in mind, I have taken my measurements (weight and inches) so I can track my progress and see that I am making changes, even if I don’t feel like it some days.  Once again, numbers are only numbers, and it’s more important to me to be happy with myself in my body and not to be at a certain weight or inch.

Starting Measurements May 24 '18

The resolutions I am going to be working towards below are not meant to be goals, as they are too vague for that. Rather, they are promises I am making to myself as a way to promote healthy living in my life.

My Resolutions:

1. I resolve to cook for myself more often.

2. I resolve to make healthier choices in terms of eating.

3. I resolve to drink enough water to keep my body hydrated.

4. I resolve to make my body stronger through working out.

5. I resolve to love the way I look, even if it’s not my current ideal.

6. I resolve to not forget that my mental health is just as important as my physical health.

I plan to make these resolutions look really pretty and then print them out, so I can always see them and have them with me.  It’s a great way for me to remember that I made this promise to myself that I will be taking care of me!

I may end up creating goals based on my resolutions, just so I can be held a little more accountable.  I thrive with goals, so I really enjoy setting them and seeing how close I get or if I accomplish them.

Well, that’s going to be it for me today!  I’m proud of being comfortable enough to share this information, especially because as I’d mentioned, this is the largest I’ve ever been.  Please join me if you’re interested in shifting your health focus, or just cheer me on!

How do you take care of yourself?

The Start of My Fitness Journey

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4 Quick, Healthy Snacks for On the Go

I’m not sure if any of you are like me, but I feel like I’m always so busy going places.  Even if I’m not actually leaving, I’m still busy enough to never have enough time to make full meals.  That is where these snacks come into play!

I often look into my fridge and pantry to see what I have, and keep finding these four items.  Every time I go to the grocery store, I always buy at least one of these.  In no particular order, here are my four favorite healthy snacks that can be taken on the go!

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1. String Cheese

I am a sucker for cheese.  It’s one of my favorite foods, and any variation of it will do.  However, when I’m in need of a quick snack, I find that string cheese is the easiest to move around with and keep fresh.

While sometimes cheese isn’t the healthiest, I usually get the low-fat mozzarella, which makes me feel even better while eating a stick (or two).  There are all sorts of varieties, so just go with what sounds best to you!

2. Fruit

This should go without saying: fruit is healthy and delicious!  You can’t go wrong with picking up your favorite fruit and munching on it quick or taking it with you.  My favorite for on the go is bananas, as they already have a protective layer and you don’t have to do anything but peel them when you’re ready!  Some other easy alternatives are apples and pears, but be weary that they can all bruise somewhat easily!

I also really enjoy raspberries, but they’re a little more difficult.  You’d have to wash them and then put them in a baggie, but if you’re a berry lover it’s worth it!   Other berries such as blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries work just as well, and you can even make a blend of them for some variety.

3. Bars

One of my favorite snacks lately has been Clif bars.  I am totally obsessed with their nut filled ones; Caramel Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut Butter are my favorites.  Really, though, any Clif bar works well!  These are not necessarily the healthiest option on this list, however, they are one of the best bars that still taste great in my opinion.  If you’re interested in buying Clif bars, they’re easy to find in virtually any grocery store where you can find the rest of these snacks, too!

I find that granola bars in general are some of my favorite snacks.  They’re prepackaged so you don’t have to worry about bagging them, and I never feel disappointed when eating one!  There are so many different options too, you can pretty much choose whatever flavor sounds best at the time.

4. Nuts

Nuts are such a great healthy option! They are easy to bag, fill you up, have a large variety of flavors, and are packed with protein.  You can’t go wrong! Some options include peanuts and cashews.

My favorite nut is definitely almonds; they don’t taste as dry as other nuts and I enjoy getting the flavor coatings on them (even if that makes them less healthy…).  Plain almonds or lightly salted are still great if you’re trying to be especially good.

Those are my favorite healthy snack options!  While I’m sure there are other, better for you options out there, but sometimes when you’re in a rush the quickest ones are the best. (:

What do you enjoy snacking on?

4 Quick, healthy snacks for on the go