Beat the application blues

If you’ve applied for university or college, chances are you’re starting to hear back about your choices. But, what can you do if the news isn’t exactly what you’d hoped?

There are plenty of ways to cheer yourself up after a disappointment, including eating an entire tub of Nutella and playing with puppies. If these don’t work, try our methods to get over the application blues.

ACCEPTANCE

It’s perfectly fine to want to distract yourself from the news for a few days. Take the time to watch your favourite TV show or read a book to take your mind off everything.

At some point, you’re going to have to face up to the reality of the situation, so you can start to make alternative – equally exciting – plans.

One of the best ways to do this, is to open up and talk about your feelings and options with a parent, teacher, or someone who can give you good advice. Remember: a problem shared is a problem halved.

EXERCISE

It’s a well-known fact that taking part in exercise is good for the body and the mind, relieving tension, boosting energy levels and releasing good endorphins.

You might not feel like hitting the gym, which is fine. Why not take your dog for a long walk and get some fresh air at the same time? Or make exercise exciting: head to the bowling lane with some pals, hit the ice rink for the ultimate Boomerang for Insta, or visit your local adventure centre for rock wall climbing fun.

HEADSPACE

When going through a rejection like this, it’s important to step out of the situation every once in a while, and take a break from everyday life.

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Headspace is a free app (with in-app purchases) that takes you through meditations, to enable you to clear your head, and sort out any feelings you have. The app has themed sessions, from help sleeping and focusing, to destressing and dealing with anxiety.

We all have access to the internet, and something as simple as guided mindfulness meditations can really help us understand how we feel and process our emotions in a healthy way.

PLAN

One of the most productive ways to deal with your emotions is look into alternative avenues to go down. Do you want to take some time out and travel? Or perhaps gain some work experience with a company that excites you. Maybe you could get a part-time job to boost your CV and gain some new skills.

No matter what you decide to do, new fantastic experiences are coming your way. In five years’ time, you’ll look back and be thankful you didn’t get onto that course you thought you wanted; because otherwise, you wouldn’t have met all the wonderful people or had the amazing experiences that you’ve had instead.

For any additional support or guidance visit Student Minds or call the UCAS Helpline 0371 468 0468

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