Monday, March 19, 2012

How to De-Stress (if that's even possible)

Samantha Sabin

Seniors, I don’t know about you, but these notification dates are really starting to freak me out. Just the idea that my favorite schools in the entire world will either say “Hey, we like you too. Let’s make this official” or say “Um, well, we think you’re great but we’re just not a ‘good fit’” within the week is nerve-wracking. I haven’t been able to calm down since I found out my first official notification date. So instead of rolling around in the fetal position on my floor and crying into a bowl of ice cream (which I mean, I kinda already did), I’ve turned to seven reliable activities to do instead of worrying about decisions: 

Drink Tea - Seriously, half of a book shelf in my room is dedicated to this stuff. I have Chai, English Breakfast/Afternoon, Earl Grey, Green, and Green Mint tea at the ready for when anxiety hits. Maybe it’s the antioxidants or maybe it’s the caffeine in the some of these things, but nothing truly settles my nerves like it. The English have the right idea.

Pick up a book. - Forget about your own life for a minute and worry about another person’s life, even if it is fictional. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in these story lines. How do you think The Hunger Games and Harry Potter fandoms came about? I’m still not over the last HP movie premiere (like to the point where I haven’t even rewatched it because it was that emotional...).

Go for a walk. -- Take advantage of the spring weather and step away from your computer. The walk will only do you some good. Instead of driving yourself crazy refreshing your inbox every two seconds, you can actually enjoy the great outdoors (except for the wasps who follow you everywhere you go. They’re probably the only down side to this entire plan).  

Give yourself a lot of pep talks. - Keep in mind that the college admissions officers only know you based on your application. They hardly know your personality, and they can hardly ever gauge how much potential you actually you. So give yourself some reminders of your awesomeness. Seriously, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve done this. So go stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself that right now. It’s what mirrors we’re made for, right?

Find new music -- Now is the time to download that album you’ve always been eerie of buying. Spend the time that you would be spending anxiously refreshing your inbox memorizing the lyrics to your new favorite song (or spice it up, and rewrite the lyrics). Don’t know where to start? Well, The Shins have a new album out and Regina Spektor just released a single from her upcoming album.

Focus all of your energy in your school work.-- As lame it might sound, this really is a perfect time to buckle down and catch up. It’s the perfect distraction, in a way. You become so engrossed in your studies that you just forget about those decisions. And you’re being productive and improving your grades at the same time. It’s a win-win.

Watch Ryan Gosling - If you don’t like politics, don’t worry, “The Ides of March” is still a movie for you. Sure, you might think that everything they’re talking about is completely irrelevant to life, but it’s Ryan Gosling. So even if you think politics is pointless or if it frustrates you, it’s okay because IT’S RYAN GOSLING. And let’s not forget about his heart-throbbing performances in “The Notebook” and “Crazy, Stupid Love.” Seriously, whose nerves aren't calmed when they see him? Also check out the blog Is Ryan Gosling Cuter than a Puppy?. Your fangirl heart might just die.

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