How can I manage stress now before college?
Before going into college next year fall, I want to make sure I'm fully prepared and know what's coming ahead! A key major to that is stress management
- Develop strong time-management skills now to assist you with creating a schedule that enables you to plan your days (school, exercise, friends, work) and build in time between to eat and relax.
-Taking brisk walks when you are anxious allows you to clear your head and prepare for your next activity.
- Reach out to former classmates who are currently attending the same college and have them share "lessons learned" and shortcuts for getting things done. Connect with current classmates who will be going to the same school and start building those friendships now. Familiar faces will help with the transition to a new place.
-Get a map of the campus and do a walk-through of your schedule BEFORE Day 1. Knowing where you are going helps to reduce the stress of getting there on time.
-Make sure to have a friend or family member who you can put on "speed dial" to call anytime and talk about anything!
-Keep in mind that EVERY new student is going through the same thing! You are never alone.
-Investigate the activities and services your college offers well in advance. Build a mindset that you will take advantage of office hours, free tutoring, counseling, and student events!
-Start NOW to establish consistent sleep and eating habits. When you feel good, you do better!
-Design your "personal space" with the things that make you comfortable and provides you a place to spend quiet time.
While I was waiting for College and University I had invested in a hard book planner and I had an app (or anything online) such as a google or yahoo calendar. I had also created alarms on my phone so I did not miss a deadline. In the Apple App Store there are numerous apps for organizing yourself. Also on the flip side I had contacted the advisors and administration for advise on how to get help on beginning College or University. They were very helpful. Also make sure your financial aid is worked out as well as any help you may be getting elsewhere such as scholarships and parental help. Mental health is important too and the College or University may times offer advise on it.
Per my suggestion, visit this site and join a Zoom Meditation program that is free and you will really feel good and hopefully thank me.
I am looking forward to hearing back from you on how you feel.