Five Bar Prep Self-Care Tips
In this post, we cover five important bar prep self-care tips. Making sure you take care of your body and mind will make it more likely that you pass the bar exam.
These five important bar prep self-care tips will help you:
- learn new information more effectively
- concentrate for longer periods of time
- avoid burn-out
- retain and recall information
Five Bar Prep Self-Care Tips
1. Eat well.
Plan your meals ahead of time. Incorporate healthy foods into your diet such as:
- nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts)
Stay away from drinking too much alcohol or eating fatty, greasy foods. The healthier you eat, the better you will feel.
Even if it is just going on a walk around the block, lifting weights for a few minutes, or going on a quick run at lunchtime this will make a huge difference in your study time. You will notice that you are able to focus. You will not get as burnt out. You will have energy when you study.
I used to go jogging or use my elliptical every single morning after studying for a few hours. It was a great break and it kept me energized and focused.
This is so important. Do not try to sleep less to study more. You may study longer but your time will be ineffective. You should aim to get however much sleep you need every day. So if you need 8 hours, get 8 hours.
Your brain files away information and organizes it while you sleep. Do not rob yourself of this important process.
4. Take breaks!
It is nice to schedule short breaks throughout the day — e.g., 15 minute breaks every couple hours. This keeps you focused. During your break, eat a healthy snack, get up and walk around, or talk to a friend or family member. We don’t recommend you stare at your phone or laptop. This is exactly what you are trying to take a break from.
Also, it is a good idea to take a longer lunch break (30 minutes to an hour) and have something to look forward to every evening, even if it is just a 30-minute television show, going on a walk, or taking a long bath!
We also recommend you take a longer (half-day or full day) break once a week. Doing so will keep you energized and it will refresh your mind! You can definitely afford to do this. You do not need to study 24/7. Doing so can actually be counterproductive. Give yourself permission to take a longer break once a week.
5. Relax your mind.
It is easier said than done, but make it a goal to do something to clear your head at least once a day.
Meditate in the morning.
Or do yoga.
Or practice visualization.
It is also helpful to stay away from negative people to help keep you in a relaxed state! If your friends stress you out, just tell them you will see them post-bar exam. There is no need to add any more stress to your bar exam study schedule!
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