Many of you are under a great amount of stress due to application deadlines approaching. Not only are college applications due soon, but scholarship applications are due soon as well which means you’re applying for twice the amount of things expected. You could forgo the scholarship applications but then if you haven’t decided where you want to go you won’t know how much money you need to acquire to help pay for your education. You may even feel as if you need to retake the SAT, and I’m sure senioritis is nipping on your nose, but hold on you can make it through. It’s time to defrost with five tips on relieving stress this winter.
Tip 1: Forget About Everything
Yeah I said it, forget about everything. Just for one day, or if you don’t think you can afford an entire day, at least take a couple hours to leave everything behind you. Watch your favorite tv shows. Enjoy some of your hobbies that you have neglected due to applications. Take a nap, or several naps; I’m sure you have been missing sleep lately. During this time of relaxation you will be able to remember more about the things that you love doing which can aid you when you go back to write those application papers.
Tip 2: Drink something warm
Whether it is coffee, apple cider, tea, or hot chocolate, a warm beverage will aid with defrosting. I find that the warmer my insides are the happier I am, and the happier I am the more likely I am to get work done. Also, some teas, such as Lavender, Mint, and Chamomille, are meant to be stress relieving. Chamomile soothes nerves, enough to help you fall asleep and it also reduces nausea which may be induced by stress. Mint and Lavender also release tension in the mind and stomach. If you are not the type for hot beverages, it is finally the season for eggnog so have some of that delicious nectar if that is what you’re in the mood for.
Tip 3: Blast Music
Sometimes all it takes is a good old fashioned dance session. By moving around you are releasing endorphins and getting the blood flowing which is good for mental health. Your favorite music may be the pick me up you need and you may even encounter a particularly inspirational song lyric to help guide you through your essays. I know that when I wrote my college applications I listened to a lot of John Legend. In his song Coming Home he says “It may be long to get me there, It feels like I’ve been everywhere, But someday I’ll be coming home.” This inspired me because I rewrote some of my essays from scratch 4 and 5 times so to finally finish it was like I had made it back to the place I loved most, home.
Tip 4: Get a Therapist
This stress may be more than you can handle alone. By taking the time to talk to someone who has experience in stress relief you will find yourself with options personally tailored to you. For some deep breathing does not work, and for others it does miracles. A therapist would be able to personalize your stress relief plans and talk about life in general. It always helps to have another person to talk to no matter the situation. You should be able to do a quick google search for local therapists in your area, and your school should also have a therapist available for you to talk to.
Tip 5: Hang out with Friends
During this time of year it is not unheard of for you to neglect your friends. You may find yourself turning your phone off in order to focus more on your essays but what about your friends? Can you remember the last time you hung out with your friends or even had a conversation with them in general? At the end of the day, your friends are one of your biggest support systems and they help you to get through a lot. Without them you may not even be on your way to graduate because let us face it, the teachers are probably not the main reason you go to school every day.
As important as college applications may be, your mental and physical health are so much more important. Do not forget to take time to defrost because at the end of the day you are left with yourself more so than the paper. A gap year is not the end of the world, so be sure to make the right choices for you.