Stress is an inevitable part of life, and college application season makes that stress seem almost unbearable. There’s no way to completely eliminate your stress, but you can learn a few tips to manage it.
Finish your application a solid five days before it’s due. Giving yourself time before you have to hit submit will take a huge weight off your shoulders, and you’ll have plenty of time to make those last minute changes you forget to make.
Take a break
Don’t let college be all you do 24/7;you’ll end up resenting the whole process and not be engaged while you do it. Every so often take a break and do something completely unrelated to your college apps.
Exercise produces endorphins and also improves the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. Meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, even breathing deeply can cause your body to produce endorphins. Regular exercise will reduce stress and help you be a more confident you!
Get the proper amount of sleep
Sleep is the most important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle with minimum stress, although staying up in order to finish college applications is sometimes your only option. Try to avoid this, to minimize stress. The healthy amount of sleep a teenager should have is 9.25 hours this will leave you feeling recharged and ready to conquer every coming day.
Set reasonable goals and deadlines you know you can meet. When you meet these deadlines before the official deadline, you’ll give yourself time to relax and edit your work.
Have someone to talk to
Make sure you have someone you trust to talk to about when you’re feeling stressed. You’ll find out they probably are or have gone through the same thing you are. If you don’t get into one of the schools you applied to, don’t worry. Vent to someone and move on. Don’t spend too much time dwelling on a failure and focus on what you’re doing right!
Have at least two or three people go over your application, checking for both grammar and content. Additional eyes on your app can catch any mistakes you might have missed. It’s always good to get feedback on your work. Just make sure you don’t lose your voice during the edits.
Everyone needs some time alone with his or her thoughts. With what seems like a million restrictions and requirements you feel you need to meet in order to get into your dream school, the best thing you can do is sit down and really consider what you want. Figure out what will make you happy, not just what you think will make others happy.
Have a safety net
Having a safety school will lower the amount of stress you feel about being accepted into college. Have reasonable goals set for the schools you’re applying to, apply to your dream schools, but have reasonable aspirations.
Sometimes you need to let loose and laugh a little. Laughing has proven to release stress in a person, so make sure you have your daily dose of laughter to keep happy. Some cool things to do in the city year round are: movies, bowling, Shedd Aquarium, concerts, and just relaxing around with your friends. Remember, it’s your senior year! Don’t waste any time being a sad boy (girl).