Emotional Wellness in Your Journey to Career

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Worry About the Future?

With hundreds of majors and thousands of careers to choose from, it's not surprising that you might feel overwhelmed in the process or even frozen at the idea of taking the next step. You are not alone. More than half (63%) of college students report having difficulty making decisions for their future when it seems there are so many different options1.

Improving your emotional wellness can help you stay focused, flexible, and reduce stress in your major and career decisions. 

In fact, about 30% of college students change their major before graduation, and 10% change their major two or more times. Additionally, 73% of college seniors note “how much is unknown for the next few years” as a source of stress and 23% of college seniors identify this as the most stressful part of senior year1.

As you navigate these decisions and develop new interests and skills along the way, improving your emotional wellness can help you stay focused, flexible, and reduce stress in your journey to a career.

63% of college students report having difficulty making decisions for their future when it seems there are so many different options1.

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Hope from Recent Grads

If you're feeling like your future-focused mindset is causing you to miss out on your college experience, take hope that, for many,  the anticipation of the college-to-career transition is more difficult than the actual transition itself.

Nearly two-thirds of seniors think the post-graduation transition will be difficult, while only 45% of recent graduates reported that the transition was indeed difficult1.

It's important to stay focused on the goal ahead, and not to let fear of the unknown stand in your way. You're in the right place, and our team at the LSU Olinde Career Center, along with many other offices on campus, are here to support you. 

You're in the right place, and our team at the LSU Olinde Career Center, along with many other offices on campus, are here to support you.

Why is Emotional Wellness Important in Your Journey to Career?

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In simplest terms, emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life's stresses and adapt to change and difficult times.

Emotional wellness serves as a strong foundation for reaching success in all areas of life, including in your post-graduate career success. Boosting your emotional wellness now can help you keep stress under control throughout your time at LSU, prioritize your needs and personal growth now and in your career, and reach your personal and professional goals. Neglecting emotional wellness can lead to early burnout and feeling unfulfilled.

 

Emotional Wellness Resources for LSU Students

Stress is a typical part of life. Even positive life changes can be stressful. The good news is that our bodies are designed to experience and respond to stress.

LSU Students

  • When surveyed, 32.6% of LSU students said they have experienced an overall High level of stress in the past 30 days and 46.6% said they have experienced an overall Moderate level of stress in the past 30 days3.

LSU Resources

Make the most of your 24 hours by being realistic about what you can accomplish, utilizing tools to organize and prioritize your tasks, and mentally preparing to adapt to interruptions or changing priorities.

LSU Resources

You might be thinking that sacrificing sleep is the only option for getting everything accomplished, but losing sleep affects both mental and physical health. Could a resource below help you prioritize sleep?

LSU Students

  • 51.9% of LSU Students report they get between 7-9 hours of sleep on average on a weeknight (excluding naps)3

LSU Resources

Other: Read how to optimize sleep habits and develop pro-sleep habits during the day from the Sleep Foundation

Getting your body moving is one way to develop a more positive mindset and it's a healthy way to cope with stress and setbacks. 

LSU Students

  • 25.1% of LSU students say they spend 0 hours per week participating in physical exercise3.

LSU Resources

  • The LSU UREC offers a wide variety of ways to get active, including virtual classes. All currently enrolled, full-time LSU students are eligible to use LSU UREC by presenting their Tiger Card. Not a full-time student? Learn about membership options.

Have you considered the link between food and mood? Research suggests that nutrition plays an important role in your emotional and mental health.

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More Support

Levels of Care

Need in-person support or more resources? The Levels of Care exist to ensure your emotional wellness is always in good standing. Visit the Levels of Care webpage for a description of each level and associated resources from the LSU Student Health Center.

Appointments

For wellness support, contact the Student Health Center Office of Wellness and Health Promotion

For mental health support, contact the Student Health Center Mental Health Service.

For support in choosing a major or career:

 

 

References

1. Golden, L., Levin, L., Raphael Mizrahi, R., & Biebel, K. (n.d.). COLLEGE TO CAREER: SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH [PDF]. Shrewsbury: University of Massachusetts Medical School.

2. American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA III) Institutional Data Report (LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY ed., Vol. Fall, Rep.). (2020). Silver Spring, MD: American College Health Association.