Healthy habits are underrated in law school. In law school, you will be surrounded by classmates who put physical health on the backburner. Physical health is important, in part, because it is intimately related to mental health. If you are looking to increase your concentration, focus, and recall – and ultimately do well in class and on law school final exams – maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something you should make a priority. It is also something you can start on in the summer – the earlier you start changing your daily routines to make them more healthy, the better. Thus, our second tip for law school summer prep is to develop healthy habits. Here are a few suggestions on ways you can do so:
- First, Make it a habit to be active. Plan to go to the gym or go on a walk or run at least three times a week. It is good for your body and your brain. It will also help to relieve stress. If you want to know more about exercise and the brain, watch this amazing ten-minute Ted Talk: “Run, Jump, Learn!: How Exercise Can Transform Our Schools” by John J. Ratey, MD.
- Second, Make it a habit to eat nutritious meals. This could mean learning to cook. It could mean learning to make better choices at the grocery store or it could simply mean that you decide to go out to eat less.
- Third, make sure to get into the habit of sleeping for an adequate amount of time each night. If this habit carries on into law school, you will find yourself being able to focus, think on your feet, understand difficult concepts, and recall information much better than your sleep-deprived peers.
Whatever goals you make for yourself, make them quantifiable. Do not make it a goal to “exercise more.” That’s too general. Instead say you’ll exercise three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. Do not make it a goal to “eat healthier”; instead maybe make it a goal to take a cooking class or cook a healthy meal once or twice a week instead of going out. Start with small, realistic lifestyle changes.
Are we saying that you are going to graduate at the top of your class if you develop a healthy lifestyle? No, but combined with other good study habits (which we’ll discuss in this blog series), it will certainly help you to improve your potential for academic success.
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