Post Graduate Depression

Health, Lifestyle

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Graduation is looming, the pressure of living at home with parents and still being stuck in the same dead-end job you had before you left uni can seem like the biggest step backwards and seem very overwhelming.

The job market sucks, education is our comfort blanket; after all, 14 years of being told what to do and having a structure in your life can seem a blessing when you’ve suddenly stopped and think what is the reason of today?

It’s not as easy as people make it look being in the real world compared to the virtual reality of social networks either. Lisa may have a fab job she always wanted and you may see this with all the swanky food porn dishes she puts on Instagram that makes our mouth water but is money or success really the key to happiness? You don’t know what happens behind closed doors maybe nothing, but still people can feel down and struggle in different situations.

Talking is hard, it can be vulnerable, naive and portrayed in the wrong way, not everyone is a good talker, therefore people may not understand and that just causes frustration and loneliness. Giving a voice to those doubts and fears may be a place of optimism, give yourself your own little place of thoughtful thinking, distract yourself by looking and applying for jobs, apply to be a volunteer for a cause that’s close to your heart, go for walks, start running, just try anything that you think will make you feel more motivated and positive.

Do something rather than nothing.

Advice doesn’t hurt, join a group, talk to a councillor,the quote ‘you never know if you don’t try’, might be a cliche, but it can help dramatically with someone who is suffering depression, anxiety or just feels low at this time in life.

Post graduate depression suffers 1 in 4 post grads so please remember you aren’t the only one that thinks what the fuck are you doing with your life, you are never too old to find out what you want to do and/or get to your dream place of satisfaction, success of thoughts and happiness.

A recent article from the Guardian states  “We’re just not very well designed for large changes, as post-university may be a time when many transitions happen at once, while also losing a support system of friends and tutors, it is unsurprising that this is a prime period for self-doubt”. Mike Burton, a psychiatrist, sees this post-university period as just one of many major life events that can bring about unease and anxiety.

University is a place for growth and finding who you are, then becoming disempowered once leaving is a shock to the system leaving you feel unnatural. The uncertainty of life can seem a negative thing but we need to recognise this as a new adventure, may be less colourful and more bland, but you make it how you want it.

I have to say, writing this post I honestly believe it has been one of the most daunting experiences I’ve gone through, but at least I’ve made progress in accepting the situation and I’m actually writing publicly about it.  Making plans for your life and believing you are succeeding to getting catapulted back to square one feels like you just need to wing it, cross your fingers and hope for the best and it gives me the worst anxiety.

Mental health is a massive issue in the UK and around the World, and I believe it needs to be talked about more due to lack of articles of Post Graduate Depression discussed in the Media and this is one of the reasons why I have wrote this post to get through to other Post Graduates that they aren’t the only people.

Being a newly graduated twenty-something surely you are to feel the heat due to average student’s debt of being around the £25,000 grand mark and the cost of living in London being the 4th highest in the World.

Although this may be true, it doesn’t mean that if a graduate does manage to bag a job they love that they won’t be struggling with pressures of their own, it’s a big step and takes a lot to adjust in such a short time of being in the real world but it feels like we need to adjust naturally yet automatically.

Work is completely different on a social scale too, you don’t instantly make friends, it takes time for people from work to start socialising outside of work, and sometimes not at all, but just stick at it and if you feel it’s not for you, hang on to the job until you find a career you would fit in with more. I know it’s not that easy but at least it’s a goal that I find myself willing to take.

Leaving education for good is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life, but surely it gets better. Only you can make a difference to your life nobody is going to save you from yourself, nobody knows what you want except you and nobody will be as sorry as you if you don’t get your own concept of success, so don’t give up.

If you’d like advice on mental health issues contact Mind or Samaritans for free advice.

Sharney x

 

Revision: Top Tips and Advice For Success

Health, Popular Culture & Entertainment, Uncategorized

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It’s the time of year where it’s most stressful for students, tearing their hair out and trying to stick pins in their eyes from lack of deprived sleep, not to mention the copious amounts of energy drinks at their sides. As I have my last ever exam coming up next week, the pressure is on and I wanted to share with you my tips and others shared advice on how to revise and get the grade you want. Nothing is better than other people’s shared motivation for me personally, so I decided to include other’s tips of the trade to give a little bit of variety and an experiment to the people who haven’t found their niche yet.

So I hope this helps!

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1. Find out what distracts you

You should understand how procrastination effects your life and how these habits can be prevented. Change your perspective and be more optimistic, look beyond the assignments and dream of your personal goals to improve your engagement, this can help when it comes down to the exam and may seem less intimidating.

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2. Organise your time

Plan the week out in advance by adding some discipline, it may show you what is more important. By turning these tasks into your new ‘habit’ it may make the work seem much more comfortable and less of a chore. Break up your time of revision by placing sections into chunks, once you’ve completed one chunk take a 10-20 minute break then carry onto the next.

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3. Pinterest might make notes look pretty but just use these as motivational pick-me-ups

Don’t make these yourself, it’s just wasting some of your precious time towards that looming exam date, include all the vital things you need to know and make sure all the information can be clearly read through your notes. Don’t try and produce the next famous piece of art, be realistic and limit yourself to a certain amount of colours so that you don’t get carried away.

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4. Work in a productive environment
Learn what is best for you and how to work productively whether  that is by yourself or with a friend, don’t sit where there are places riddled with distractions, noisy neighbours, TV’s etc. The best place is to sit at a desk, or maybe in the sun, not your bed or your head will hit the pillow before you even know it.

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5. Stock up and prepare with drinks and snacks
This might help you get rid of all the silly little excuses to get up and leave your revision for a wander every 10 minutes or so. Keep yourself hydrated with water or squash and some little snacks to dib and dab every now and then, sugar snaps, carrot sticks and nuts are perfect to lure you into an intense revision session.

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6. Start revision early and make sure you put in the right amount of time
Nothing is worse than entering an exam and before you even turn over the page to answer the questions doubt creeps into your mind thinking ‘I wish I revised more’. Make sure you put the motivation and effort into practicing questions beforehand and making the notes and sticking to your revision schedule as it is worth it in the long run.

7. Don’t turn into a revision zombie
Lack of sleep, stress and anxiety can become an issue for most students. Make sure you take care of your health and wellbeing and relax each week and do what you love most. Go to the cinema, pub, gym etc and completely forget about revision for this period of time and have fun.

8. Record yourself reading notes or record important lessons
This can be handy to just flick the tape on and listen, take notes or just memorise by hearing if you aren’t a visual person when it comes to revising. 

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9.  Make a reward system for your progress

Celebrate successful tasks by asking friends and family to ask you questions or do a mock test and see how well you’ve done, arrange small punishments by going over your weaknesses again or reward yourself to a break or unhealthy but tasty treat if you’ve smashed the answers and think your ready to hit the exam in the face.

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10. Think positive and don’t panic

Being positive is the most healthy way to enter an exam and have right ‘can do’ attitude, remember that a negative attitude and letting your emotions go can cause more stress so try and be as calm as possible and remember that it’s not the end of the world. 

I hope this has learnt you a new thing or two or just regurgitated what you may already do to refresh your mind. Here are a few websites that may help you on your way to other revision tips or contacts for advice.

Let me know what your most successful thing is to do as a revision tactic in the comments box.

Sharney x

 

Its Not Punk: Magazine Edition

Fashion, New Music, Popular Culture & Entertainment, Print

So after all the sweat, blood and tears that have literally gone into this work, I can finally show you. Its Not Punk Magazine Edition is finally here: Link to the magazine hurray!

Most of you know that I was creating a fashion magazine for my dissertation (final) project at university and now that it’s been marked and finalised as a 2.1 I can show you the final product.

This is definitely something I’d like to carry on in my own time, however due to just being a ‘one man band’ it will be very time consuming so I’d only do it if my readers would be interested and willing to see it monthly. (Sorry for not writing blog posts for the past three months, you now know where I’ve been hiding).

Here is the final product below, just for show, if you would like to have a read then please click the link above or the photos for a better view.

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I can’t express into words of how much relief it is to have finished the project, but I’ve came to the realisation at the end of my studies, it is for sure something I want to do as a career.

All of the articles are written and edited by myself, as well as the graphic design. The images used within the magazine are from the internet and have been referenced within my project as a bibliography. The photoshoot that is carried in the De Ja Vu section is by myself also.

I couldn’t be more prouder of how it’s turned out, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and I would most appreciate if you left your thoughts in the comments box and let me know what you think! Thanks for the support guys.

Sharney x