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.

Health & Fitness

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