Written by Kashvi Tiwari
Any senior can tell you that applying for colleges is stressful, but there are ways to minimize your anxieties and worries surrounding the application process. Here’s four easy ways to fight application season anxiety.
1. Set aside time to relax and destress. It’s important to give yourself time to rest and recharge after periods of hard work. And no, scrolling for hours on your phone doesn’t count as a break. Instead of rejuvenating you, doing this can exhaust, or even negatively impact cognitive functioning. Some healthier alternatives that help clear your mind are baking, meditation, creating art, journaling, socializing, going outside, socializing, or even sleeping. The best activities for a break are those which activate your imagination and help you feel grounded.
2. Rely on support systems. The only thing worse than dealing with college anxiety is dealing with college anxiety alone. Sharing your worries and uncertainties with friends, family, and peers can help alleviate anxieties, get support, and help you understand that you are not alone in your worries. Understanding that you are supported no matter what colleges you end up getting into is integral to feeling confident and successful no matter what happens.
3. Don’t constantly talk/think about college apps. Remember to give yourself a break from focusing on college apps, and keep in mind that you’re only a high school senior once, so do your best to enjoy the year outside of applications. Get involved in your school’s sporting events or celebrations, like prom. Make the most of this time in your life!
4. Be active. Physical activity is a great way to deal with any kind of stress in general, but it’s especially great here, as it helps you refresh your mind and ease tension. It doesn’t have to be time consuming, just adding 10-30 minutes of exercise a day does wonders. Some low intensity activities to try are walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking. Getting active also gives you an excuse to go outside and get some fresh air, which you’re probably not doing often during this time.
Finally, keep in mind that what college you go to doesn’t define you. Relax and keep an open mind. You got this!