It’s summertime, which means it’s time to sip fruity concoctions by the pool, right? Or you might be one of many recent college graduates who are still looking for jobs, so maybe summer fun is the last thing on your mind.
Erica Curtis, a licensed marriage and family therapist, said in an email that many college graduates might falsely believe they will get a job right away because reports show the unemployment rate has been dropping.
In reality, many of the available jobs are low paying and not what graduates are necessarily looking for. Also, there is competition against college graduates from prior years who still don’t have good jobs.
Even if you take this into consideration, it can still feel a little depressing when an opportunity doesn’t pop up right away, but don’t fret just yet.
Curtis said that it might be helpful to cut yourself a little slack by understanding that many other people are in the same situation. So even though you’re not getting hired right away, that doesn’t mean you’re not qualified or capable enough.
“When you are in a situation that feels out of your hands, it is important to identify what you do have control over,” she said. “You have control over your daily routine, how much you network, perhaps even volunteering. When you feel like you have the power to effect change, you will feel less stress.”
Curtis added that it’s important to pay attention to your frame of mind, because it could also affect your stress levels.
“Research shows that those who are mindful of their own thoughts and emotions experience less stress,” she said. “Being mindful simply means noticing thoughts and feels without judgment, and knowing that they are just that, passing thoughts and feelings. Your thoughts and feelings come and go; they are not you.”
Other ways to relieve unemployment-related stress include:
- Having a creative or general outlet like dancing, singing, drawing or exercising
- Keeping in contact with friends and family
- Volunteering or being kind to others;
- Thanking others and being grateful for what you have