Our friends at NextStepU know an awful lot about the college admissions process and wanted to share advice on how to handle the inevitable stress every applicant (and her family) must deal with:
There are few things that are more stressful than planning for college. You not only have to plan where you’re going, but also what you’re going to study and how you’re going to pay for it — the stress can really add up!
That’s why it’s important to be able to learn to manage your stress, whether it be during the college planning process or during any stressful time in your life.
Here are three ways you can help cut back on your stress:
1. Prioritize, plan and organize
While your busy schedule can sometimes be subject to last-minute changes, try your best to manage your workload with a set plan of attack. Break bigger projects off into easier-to-manage portions and prioritize their level of importance. Also, while it sometimes can be difficult, try to avoid procrastination as best as you can. Think of it this way: the more you stay on your schedule, the less you’ll have less to cram at the end.
2. Get some fresh air
You can only stay focused for so long. If you find your mind is starting to wander, it’s probably time to get up and take a break. Try going for a long walk, listening to music or catching up with an old friend. Or, if you need an energy boost, get some exercise or do a little yoga or Pilates to calm you down.
3. Reward yourself
If you’re trying to cram too much into your free time, you might start to neglect your free time and sleep. This won’t help you in the long run! Reward yourself with time away from your studies and catch up on those basic needs that you’re craving. It’s crucial to get enough rest and keep a healthy diet — pulling all-nighters won’t benefit you if your mind isn’t in it! Your work will still be there when you get back, but you’ll have the advantage of a refreshed mindset.
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