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How can I change my outlook on life and its complications to be less stressful and more enjoyable?

college applications and everything is piling on me. I know it'll all turn out to be okay, but I can't help but feeling super stressed all the time
#stress #stress-management #college

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Annie’s Answer

This is a super stressful time in your life and good for you for acknowledging that and looking for ways to make it easier! The whole process is really overwhelming if you look at it in it’s entiretly. When I have a task that’s massive I start breaking it into bite size chunks that I can list on a to do list. For example, completing 5 or 10 applications is scary stressful. Going through these applications and listing the deadlines and essay questions is a great way to organize, check something off, and just get started. Maybe the next step is tackling the essay question that is most similar to the others so you’re able to use that as a foundation for multiple applications.


Finding something that relaxes you and makes you happy and scheduling time for yourself to do that thing is also important. If you’re not taking care of yourself you’re not going to get anything done well. Love hanging out with your friends? Give yourself Friday evening off to go to the movies knowing that Saturday morning you’re going to work on an application.


Lastly, keep asking for help! There’s this feeling that you should be able to do all of this on your own and shouldn’t have to rely on anyone. That’s not true! Making sure those you’re closest to know that this is how you’re feeling can sometimes go a long way. Besides, those that want you to succeed also want to help you do so!

Annie recommends the following next steps:

Break down your to do list into smaller items-listing “complete x number of applications” is terrifying. Listing-fill out all info but essay on application #1 is not only useful but doable and give you that feeling of accomplishment.
Take care of yourself! Schedule time to do what you love.
Ask for help when you need it. Talking to others can make you feel a lot better and those who are closest to you want you to succeed! Don’t keep the stress all to yourself.
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Judith-Ann’s Answer

This is a very good question. When you say you know it will turn out ok, do you believe it. If you believe, then you can conceive it. Use all the energy you are using to stress yourself for good. Make a list of priorities. Do each thing on the list one at a time. Check it off and shout hallellujah! Make yourself laugh, rest a minute and go to the next thing on the list and before you know it, you will be focusing on the positive, getting excited about the future, and enjoying your #resume# college.
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Cassandra Q. dealing with stress and learning how to manage it, you have to have a decider to change your behavior. It only means to look at the very same situation in a different light instead of in the negative we view it in the positive way. Now in this case study you would be the student. in order to qualify for financial aid your GPA needs to be at least 2.5. You have received a letter from financial aid office you have four classes 2 classes have turned in grades and 2 are still out, how could you view this situation in a positive way. with just the One of the first things I would do is check my GPA to see what it was before the other 2 classes were added then add the 2 classes left and that will give you your average. If you need more points, contact your professor and ask them is their extra credit work. Best of luck.
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Enzo’s Answer

Whatever story you feed - will grow! Try not to panic ( I realize its easier said than done) but you need to be purposeful on how you manage these situations. If you allow negativity/insecurity to live and grow within your mind, guess what - they will! Break down the specific tasks into more manageable segments and develop a plan of attack. You also need to continue to audit the plan and yourself, to ensure it still makes sense and you are on track - as its all part of setting up yourself for success.

Life will continue to present barriers, both planned and unplanned, so keeping a positive mindset really works, even if you don't have all the answers. One needs to value both the negative and positive experiences, as they will all shape you. I also recommend trying to enjoy the process/challenge, so that you grow as much as you can from them versus just going through them. When you look at others, you might believe it was all smooth sailing for them, but I promise you, behind every great student/leader/human they all experienced hardship along the way, which are the highest learning moments. All these experiences are PRICELESS as you can’t buy or read about these experiences to gain the full benefits but rather need to live and grow within. It’s like only reading how to do a pushup and then wondering why you aren’t getting stronger? You need to consistently do the actual pushups/work.

I also recommend to find a mentor and schedule regular touch points with them, as they can help provide guidance or other assistance when required. You will quickly realize they are human just like you, and the mistakes they made including how they managed through them. Mentors are really like coaches; they help guide and provide support for your success. The best athletes in the world have multiple support teams to help them reach their full potential, and we are no different. Always remember, it’s the people not like us, with differing perspectives and experiences, that helps us grow.

So you know, we are all 'work in progress' so continue to challenge, fail, learn and evolve.
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