Posts Tagged ‘stress’
Whether you’re a new freshman just learning the ropes, a sophomore with sights set on choosing a major and buckling down, or an upperclassmen moving full-steam ahead, when it’s time to get into serious study mode, stress is always close behind. Here are some simple ways to manage stress and keep yourself on track.
Get Some Exercise
You’ve probably heard this a thousand times before, but exercise can be a great way to reduce stress when you’ve got a lot going on. If you’re very busy, you can take the time to work out and still feel like you’ve made a productive use of your time. Head to the gym to take an exercise class, go for a run, swim laps, or do whatever you like to do to stay active. Yoga is also a great option because it combines exercise with meditation, which also is an excellent way to help relieve stress. When your body feels good, your mind also feels good, and the extra endorphins will help you tackle the stress and keep everything in perspective.
Listen to Music
Everyone has that favorite song or playlist that makes everything feel better on a particularly stressful day. Studies have even found that in addition to relaxing your body and your mind, the right music can actually help lower blood pressure. Some students like to listen to music while they study and others need complete silence to concentrate. Whatever you prefer, listening to soothing music can help you feel more peaceful. Take a break from doing work for a few minutes, close your eyes and listen to your favorite song. It’s a short rest that can be taken anywhere and can really help you feel rejuvenated very quickly.
Get Enough Sleep
Making sure you get enough sleep is one of the most important ways to stay productive during stressful periods in college. Even when you have three exams in one day or a very important paper looming on the horizon, getting a good nights sleep will help you stay calm and focused. As humans, we work best when we’re well-rested. Staying up all night to cram for an exam may seem like a good idea at the time, but you will actually retain more information and perform better if you work roughly 8 hours of sleep a night into your study schedule.
You read the books. You visited the campuses. You wrote a million versions of your essays. You sent in all your applications. YOU’RE DONE!
And now you’re waiting. And waiting. And… waiting.
Waiting to hear back about your college applications can be the most stressful thing in the world. It is an understatement to say that you have given a lot of your time and energy to something very huge. Now that it is out of your hands, it’s easy to fret about it all day, every day. Put a positive spin on this – it is out of your hands! You’ve done all that you can do and now you can move on to other fun activities to take your mind off of college for a while. Do some activities you probably have not allowed yourself since you began your big search. Things like:
1. Having a movie marathon. In the afternoon. You know, Saturday afternoon? The time you used to spend editing your essays and researching which schools have the best business programs? Use that time for a movie marathon of those Oscar nominations you never saw because you were too busy APPLYING TO COLLEGE.
2. Reading for fun. No, not reading for research. Read that book you saw on a best-seller list or that your friend recommended. The one you never had a chance to pick up because you were too focused on reading your ACT Prep booklet. Read for fun and enjoy NOT writing a reflection about it afterwards.
3. Writing for fun. Or write a reflection and don’t turn it in. Write for yourself. Journal your experiences or use a creative part of your imagination to write something goofy and weird. Turn it in to no one!
4. Celebrating your friends. Some of them may hear back from their schools before you do. Do not let this get you down. I repeat: DO NOT LET THIS GET YOU DOWN. Be happy for friends who get into their first choice schools and supportive of those who don’t. Go out to celebrate with friends who have finished their application process, too.
5. Working for some extra cash. With college right around the corner, you’ll want some extra money for either tuition or recreation. Or books. Or food. Or everything. Find a reasonable, laid-back job that will let you earn some extra money without wearing you out. It will keep you busy and help you at the same time!
Whatever you do, treat yourself in some way. Even if it’s just an ice cream. You did it! Congratulations.
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