They say that your senior year of college is supposed to be one of fun and excitement. That statement is true; you truly do have a great time with your friends. However, what people do not tell you is the stress that goes hand in hand with senior year. You can quickly become overwhelmed. You suddenly realize your college career is coming to an end. You soon will be entering the “real world”. Facing so many decisions, whether to enter the job market competing with thousands of recently graduated college seniors or apply to grad school. Then on top of it all, so many people want to give you their opinion. Parents, friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents, everybody wants to “help”. It can get so confusing and at times the stress can be daunting. There may be some point in your semester, where you just want to pull your hair out. But, I am here to give you five easy things you can do to help you ease that senior stress.
Nothing clears your mind better then exercising. You may not realize that until you begin. Taking a daily walk, jog, or brisk run will help to decrease your stress level, while getting you in shape. Whether you like to lift weights, run or play sports; any bit of exercise helps gets rid the body of stress. It is important to exercise because it allows you to forget about any issues that you may have and it is a proven fact that physical activity helps bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. So give it a try, you may be surprised with the results.
- Hang out with friends
Yes, all seniors understand the fact that it is difficult with classes and the job search to hang out with your friends but it is important that you at least get to see them a couple times a week. Though it may feel like you aren’t doing anything but watching a movie or tv show with them, you are actually relieving stress. Just sitting down and talking with a good friend or friends allows you to vent and get things off your chest. Some studies show that during stressful times, being around a best friend decreases levels of the stress.
- Go home for a weekend
As any senior knows how valuable weekends can be, but this is a great time to get together with family. Nothing helps more with the alleviation of stress then going home to see your family. Having a home cooked meal, sleeping in your own bed, playing with you dog or just hanging with your family is an instant stress reducer. An added benefit to being home is having the opportunity to talk out what is stressing you and getting some solid advice. There is no better way to rejuvenate yourself than a taste of home.
- Make a plan or list
Creating a master plan or a list of things to do may seem stressful at first, but it can actually help you in the long run. By creating a list, you are able to visualize your priorities. Short and long term goals should be included in this list. Look at all of your options and break it down. Opinions and advice of others may help, but only you know truly what your dream is. By making a list and crossing items off, you start to visualize your priority goals. You may begin to feel less stressed and start to have a feeling of accomplishment. Remember a list is simply actions, which you are currently doing or considering to do at a future date. Making “the list” is just a technique in helping you obtain your inner goal. It helps you see what may or may not be high priorities in your life. So go ahead make a list I guarantee it will assist you with visualizing which actions you are willing to forego, at least for the immediate future and by doing so alleviating some of that stress.
- Stay in for some “me” time and laugh
Last but not least, another way to get rid of the stress that can come along with the senior year is through getting some “me” time. Sit back with some of your favorite snacks and watch a movie or television show. Programs that make you laugh can be the best stress reliever. As the adage goes, “laughter is the best medicine!” Studies show that laughter triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Laughter can strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Sometimes it is nice to just to take a break from everything life throws at you and clear you head with some “me” time. So go ahead sit back, relax and laugh!