Applying to college can be a trying experience no matter the time, but it may feel particularly stressful right now during the pandemic. The pressure of picking the place where you are going to spend “the best four years of your life” or where you’re going to earn your degree can feel overwhelming. And if you’re not being mindful, the stress could take a toll on your health. Here are five tips to keep your wellness a top priority during the college search:
You would be amazed at the benefits of adding a little soap and water to your hands before touching your nose or face and before eating. Something as simple as washing your hands with soap and water for a minute before these key activities can prevent many illnesses, not just COVID-19.
When wrapped up in the stress of a college search, we sometimes forget to pause and enjoy the present. Worrying too much about a future outcome can get in the way of achieving it. One solution to decrease the cycle of spinning thoughts is learning to stay mindfully in the moment. Your mind is a powerful tool that can lead you down a path of worry and fear or help you conquer your biggest challenges.
Next time you start worrying about an important event or desired result, take a couple of deep, slow breaths and spend a few minutes checking in with your senses; what do you see, hear, taste, touch, and smell? These two simple acts can help ground you in the present and staying in the moment keeps you ready to respond to each challenge or opportunity as it occurs.
Take a healthy approach to your college search. Establish a good sleep pattern, use physical activity to reset your mental state, eat well, and enjoy the present! Caring for your health is an important part of making a confident decision that is right for you – and establishing those good habits now will set you up for greater success in your new college home.