It’s that time for seniors. The time where you start stressing about college, school, and just life in general.
It’s pretty dang overwhelming, even for a girl who doesn’t normally get stressed easily. I’m usually pretty good at keeping a level head, but it’s really hard when you have so much to do. And not gonna lie, my way of dealing with stress is just by procrastinating…which just makes me more stressed in the end! I’ve realized that the only way to really get rid of all that stuff that’s overwhelming me is to just DO it. Easier said than done, of course. But by putting things off, you just set yourself up for more stress and, ultimately, failure. In honor of the college application season, I put together a little list of stress-relievers that will hopefully help you to regain your calmness and do what needs to be done.
- Take a hike-this one ALWAYS works on me. Especially since Colorado has so many amazing hiking opportunities. There’s something about being in the forest that just gives you a good view on life and how you want to live it.
- Drink some tea-or coffee, or hot cocoa. You know, just drink any warm beverage. For some reason, warm drinks make you feel like you really have your shit together, all the while making you all warm and cozy.
- Listen to music-probably Spotify. Spotify is the best music app hands down and going premium is worth it. Spotify has TONS of different pre-made playlists so you’re sure to find a good relaxing one for you, or make your own!
- Write-I know not everyone likes writing, but it’s a great way to release all of your pent-up emotions and stressors. And nobody’s requiring you to write an essay or anything so you can just write whatever the heck you want, there’s no hurt in trying it.
- Candles or wall-scents-get a de-stressing scent, like lavender, or tailor it to the season like I do. Certain scents help to unconsciously calm your mind and help you focus on the task ahead.
- Cuddle-the best one! Cuddling makes you feel all happy and warm and like nothing in the world could possibly go wrong. And if you don’t have a SO, no big deal, just cuddle with your pet! I would recommend a dog, though, dogs are the best.
- Cry-ok so hear me out on this one. Crying can actually be a great stress reliever. Especially if you’ve been holding in all your feelings; you need that release of emotion in order to feel better again. Trust your body, it knows best.
- Fruit-Healthy eating will definitely help you have the motivation to take on your future. Junk food just makes you tired and feel bad about yourself, while healthy foods, like fruit, boost your energy!
- Sleep-sleep is SO important, especially when you’re trying to plug out 4 college essays in 2 and a half weeks(like me…aha). When you suffer from sleep deprivation, it causes increased stress and lowers your productivity. And I know how it is with school, you feel like you don’t have time to get enough sleep, but you have to make time! If you feel like you’re always too overloaded with homework to sleep, it’s ok to drop a class. Or if you haven’t slept in 36 hours but you have a really important paper due tomorrow, it’s ok to email your teacher and ask for an extension. Chances are, your teachers are nicer than you think, they were students too.
- Exercise-along with the healthy eating, moving your body helps too! You can do a more relaxation-oriented workout, like yoga, or something that will help you relieve all your stress and tension, like kickboxing(my favorite).