How to Decompress After College Application Season
Here are a few ways to relax productively once your college applications have been completed:
Breathe and sleep. Breathing, meditating and sleeping are vital to overcoming the physical, mental and emotional exhaustion you likely experienced as a result of your college applications. Now that they're submitted, make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep a night and catch up on missed sleep on the weekends. Try a meditative yoga class or another relaxing activity to center yourself and find balance.
Exercise. Doctors and nutritionists recommend exercise as one of the best ways to recover from stress. Whether you run, swim, hike, bike or dance, try to exercise for at least 30 minutes to an hour every day. If you're a competitive athlete with a spring sport — such as a lacrosse player or a track and field athlete — consider a lower-intensity activity to unwind, like Frisbee, golf or leisurely walks. Not only will exercising take your mind off of colleges but you'll stay healthy and in-shape through the semester.
Focus on extracurriculars. Chances are your hobbies and extracurricular activities took a back seat in the fall thanks to your college applications. Now you have plenty of time to focus on what you enjoy, be it a club or organization at your school or a solo activity. If you're involved in a volunteer organization, consider proposing one last project to lead. If you're an artist or a performer, organize an event to showcase your talent for family and friends. You'll get to do what you love, and colleges will see that you weren't just participating in those activities for show.
Take classes you enjoy. Additional requirements notwithstanding, spring of your senior year is a great time to explore a subject you've always been curious about. Art or performance classes are a great option, as are smaller, more specific classes in more common subject areas. It's imperative not to let your grades slip in spring, and taking classes you enjoy will help you keep your GPA high.