5 Simple Meditations to Combat College Application Stress

College applications can bring an incredible amount of stress, from deciding where you're applying, to gathering letters of recommendation and staying on top of deadlines and other obligations. As a new process that's incredibly important, there's a chance you haven't experienced this level of pressure as a high school student. Good news, feeling a little overwhelmed is normal, but there's no need to stress from the time you begin your application to the moment you click submit. To ease tension throughout the process, engage in meditations. Meditations are a great way to help you unwind through focus and self-awareness. Make your application process run as smoothly as possible by keeping these simple meditations in mind when you begin to feel anxious:

1. Relax

The first step to meditation is to free your mind and allow yourself time to not think about college or applications. Reader’s Digest suggests, “find a quiet place to sit and close your eyes. Tilt your head toward your heart and follow your breathing, feeling each breath open your heart and enliven your brain with oxygen.”

2. Slow and Steady

Some applications are pretty lengthy, so you more than likely won’t complete them in one day. If you start your application early, you can take breaks and refuel. Rest and come back to it later. When you return you'll have fresh eyes to catch mistakes and a clear mind to knockout essay questions. Also, the last minute pressure won’t consume your mind.   

3. Be Happy

Life is full of happy moments, so take advantage of them. Find happiness through your family, friends, sports, or even social media, and take time to appreciate them. Sometimes you can even find happiness within your application, such as in the writing section. These moments can make it less of a chore and more of a personal diary entry. Living in a pleasing moment can provide the positivity you need to power through.

4. Transform 

Did you know you can transform your stress into peace? According to Reader’s Digest, “being at peace stimulates a higher brain function, helping you come up with more creative, intelligent solutions.” As you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, think of a peaceful memory or something that will calm your heart and focus on it. As you usher in peace your attitude will change and finishing the application becomes a little easier. 

5. Envision

College is all about planning the next steps of your life, so envisioning is important in the application process. Thinking about your success at a specific college will improve your vision of that school. Your goals and aspirations become clearer, and they become motivation towards finishing that tedious application. As Reader’s Digest instructs, "feel the feelings you’d feel if you reached your desired outcome, making the emotions as strong as possible."

Do you have any other meditation ideas? Share them with us in the comments!
SOUL REPORTER | Shelby Wingate is a rising senior at Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Georgia. The extremely competitive athlete plays basketball and runs track for her school. While she does love sports, Shelby uses her competitive nature to excel in academics and will apply that same drive when she attends college to major in Journalism or Communications and minor in French.