Congratulations! You’ve got your shiny new degree! Now what?
First and foremost TAKE TIME OFF. Some of you might be having panic fits while you watch your friends go off on their internships or new jobs but, guess what? They don’t get a break! So, for at least 1 month, go travel, take up meditation, yoga, pilates, surfing. Binge drink for a week, don’t leave your bed for a week, watch all the TV and movies you’ve been wanting to catch up on. Do whatever you need to do in order to RELAX.
Warning; this may not be easy to achieve. It’s likely that every now and then you will be plagued by a little anxiety. It will tell you all sorts of negative things and it will try to compare you to every one else who is seemingly better off than you. Your job is to ignore that pestilent little voice.
I cannot stress how important it is to take a break and congratulate yourself on your achievements. Honestly, even if you do have a job right out of uni, I still recommend taking a week or so off just to pat yourself on the back. No one else is ever going to truly appreciate the level of effort it took for you to achieve something because (obviously) they are not you! It’s that old adage; everyone has their own problems, they’re fighting their own battles and living their own lives. It’s not that people are mean, they’re just too busy to really care as much as you might want them to.
Ok so you’re super confident and don’t need to learn to appreciate yourself – you already do! Well congratulations, you’ve achieved something most people can’t do their whole lives. That doesn’t mean you don’t need rest. Any health nut will tell you rest is just as important as hard work. Our bodies and minds need rest in order to keep us going. It’s also extremely important to hit the point of absolute boredom, because that’s when real motivation starts to hit, but I’ll explain that concept better next week. For now; enjoy your rest!