Tips for Handling Pressure

Where are you applying?” …“Have you gotten in anywhere yet?” …“I got into my #1 school! How about you?”

If you’re in the college application process, chances are you’ve been asked questions like the ones above too many times to count. While not necessarily the intention of those asking the questions, they do have the potential to provoke feelings of stress, anxiety, fear, competition and pressure. If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed by it all, first – take a deep breath – and then try out the tips below:

  • Exercise. It’s a known stress-buster and mind-calmer.
  • Keep a Journal. M. Forster once wrote: “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” Writing about your thoughts, experiences and expectations can help you process what you’re feeling and figure out solutions to problems.
  • Eat and Sleep. When stress bears down, there’s a temptation to be more lax around what or how much you eat as well as how much sleep you get. But keeping your nutrition and sleep up to par are actually vital to keeping stress and pressure under control.
  • Try Meditation. It’s an ancient technique practiced by many to help clear away the clutter of your mind. What’s more, with regular practice, you can reap the benefits for years to come. Check out this article to learn more.
  • Focus on Yourself. Rather than constantly comparing yourself to every other person applying to college, focus instead on achieving goals that are specific to your own needs and wishes, and doing your personal best.
  • Seek Help. If it’s all become too much despite your efforts to keep an even keel, talking to a therapist can really help. Use this treatment locator or have a parent or teacher help you find an appropriate professional.
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