How To Stay Healthy In Law School: Staying healthy in law school is very important. With the amount of reading, writing, and studying required to do well, a sickness can really set you back academically. Below are our tips for how to stay healthy in law school. Use them as a guide to help keep yourself in going strong!
How To Stay Healthy In Law School
1. Get enough sleep!
We know, sleep tends to be at a premium during law school. But the benefits of a good night’s sleep are inarguable! Getting enough rest allows you to retain information better. It also makes you more focused and alert, meaning your studying will be more effective. Being well-rested also means you will be much less susceptible to illness. So whenever you can, make sure to unplug and recharge your mind and body through sleep!
Sleeping enough also has the added benefit of aiding your concentration and focus. It will be easier for you to follow along in class, understand difficult concepts, and retain what you know. Getting enough sleep is our top tip for staying healthy!
2. Learn to manage your stress.
Again, much easier said than done. Law school is inherently stressful. However, learning how to manage your individual stress can go a long way towards improving your physical and mental health. We find that activities like exercise help a lot of students. Find something that helps you! It does not have to necessarily be exercise. Many people find small things, like meditating, reading something non-legal, or even preparing a meal helps them unwind and deal with stress. Find what works for you, and then stick to it!
3. Make mental health a priority.
Unfortunately, depression, anxiety, alcoholism, and suicide tend to be more common among law students and lawyers than among the rest of the population. Taking care of your mental health needs to be at the forefront of your goal of staying healthy in law school. Fortunately, taking care of your physical health (i.e., sleeping enough, exercising, and managing stress) helps. Many law students also find meeting with a professional counselor or therapist to be very helpful in taking care of mental health.
4. Make time for physical activity.
Much of law school is spent in a stationary position, which can have health consequences beyond gaining weight. So make time 3-4 days each week to exercise. It does not have to be something intense like weightlifting or 10-mile runs. A 30-minute jog or yoga session can also do the trick. Beyond relieving immediate stress, exercise can also lead to a rush of endorphins that will help you refocus on your studies. These endorphins can be an extra kick of motivation you need to tackle the next thing on your law school to-do list! Our most successful students are those who make exercise a priority in law school.
5. Make small healthy changes to your diet.
Exercise can only goes part of the way. You also may need to change your diet to keep your body healthy, especially if you spend long hours in class or the library. Small steps can lead to big results. Preparing food at home, instead of buying fast food on campus, can help you cut calories (and save money!). You can also look to buy healthy, easily portable foods like apples and oranges. This will encourage you to eat healthy, and avoid illness!
If you just can’t give up something like your afternoon caffeine fix, consider making changes to it. Order a “skinny” version of your favorite latte. Or make it a priority to drink more water (which may energize you more than you may think, especially if you are perpetually dehydrated!) Even small changes like these can have big results!