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So you’ve made it past the first bout of hurdles and into law school? You should be proud of yourself for coming so far! While you might be incredibly excited, it probably isn’t too far off that you’re also pretty nervous. Whatever you do – don’t panic! Law school can be hard, but it can also be done. Remember – you made it this far for a reason. You’ve certainly got the intelligence – now it’s all about using and strengthening that intelligence effectively throughout your law school career. Take a deep breath and give yourself a pat on the back. You’re awesome for making it to this point, so what are some ways you can stay calm, focused and successful as a law school student?
Plan Ahead Realistically
Create a daily schedule for yourself. While this should include studying, let it also include exercise and breaks you’ll want to take. The key here is to create a schedule that’s realistic for what works for you. Think about taking a 5-minute break every hour. Wake up early and get the most challenging information out of the way first. This way, you’ll be fresh and rejuvenated when you learn about it, and you’ll have more time to digest the info. The more you’re able to power through a realistic schedule set for yourself, the more motivated and positive you’ll feel about what you’re doing.
Practice Yoga or Meditate
Your mind and body will thank you for this. By this point, your mind probably needs some time to be quieted. The mental exhaustion you might be experiencing could be transmitting through you muscles and joints.
Let Your Body Move
Exercise of any kind is fantastic for boosting energy, self-confidence and mood in general. Additionally, if you’re exercising every day, it’s likely you’ll start being able to fall asleep much earlier than you have been. It’s also likely that your sleep will be a much better quality than it was prior to developing a steady workout routine.
Soak in a Hot Bath
Soaking in a warm bath relaxes your muscles, releases toxins, improves circulation, and reduces tress. Letting your body rest in hot bath water also causes the body temperature to rise slightly. When you get out of the bath, the rapid decrease in your body temperature triggers your brain to get sleepy, allowing you to drift off into a deep slumber. The best time to do this is at night after a long day of studying!
Get Plenty of Sleep, and Make it Quality!
Go to bed early! While you should definitely aim toward a long night’s sleep, you should also consider options for improving your quality of sleep like listening to classical music or reading before bed, drinking a cup of hot tea or using lavender oil on your skin. You’ll wake up feeling rested and ready for a day packed full of learning!
Make Time for Yourself
If you don’t have time to make yourself happy, how can you have time to breeze through law school? Finding a balance is crucial, but once you find it, the sailing is smooth!
When things get to be too much, try closing your eyes and really focusing on your breath. Think about your breath as it enters through your nose and travels down through your body. Continue following your breath as it leaves the body. The more you focus on your breath, the quieter your mind will become. Ultimately everything will calm down. Relax. You’ve got this!