GUEST BLOG Katie R. Day,
Quinnipiac University School of Law Graduate
If we’re not taking care of ourselves, we won’t be able to perform our best on test day…
Is bar prep self-care a priority?
Studying for the bar exam can be mentally exhausting and super stressful. As the exam draws closer I’m really starting to feel the pressure and I know most of you are too. It’s hard to find a balance between studying/preparing and not burning out. This week, I’ve really been thinking about some ways that I can take care of myself and still stay on track with my studying.
While studying is obviously super important, so is bar prep self-care. If we’re not taking care of ourselves, we won’t be able to perform our best on test day—which we all know is our main goal.
With that in mind, I wanted to share with y’all some of the ways I’m going to be focusing on bar prep self-care in the next few weeks. I hope these will help you reduce stress and stay mentally prepared as we head into the bar exam.
Take quiet time. Sometimes just pausing to take a few deep breaths can go a long way in relieving stress. Take a few minutes at the beginning of your day to take slow, deep breaths and think positively about what you’re going to accomplish with your studies. If you start to feel overwhelmed or discouraged as you study, pause and take a few deep breaths to relax and refocus.
Spread some positivity. Find a few quotes that motivate you, a GIF that makes you smile, or a photo you love and leave them somewhere you’ll see them. An encouraging quote taped to the mirror will get you started on a positive note each morning and that funny GIF on your phone will be a great pick me up when you need a study break.
Stop studying. Yep, you read that right. There’s such a thing as overstudying. You need to make sure you’re getting enough sleep and eating healthy meals, which you can’t do if you’re studying like a maniac. Set yourself a schedule—and actually stop when your scheduled study time is up. You want to go into the exam well rested and healthy, not sick and overtired.
Be antisocial. Don’t get me wrong, you want to have a little bit of fun as you study. It’s okay to have dinner with a friend, spend a couple of hours with your family, and take your dog for walks. At the same time, you have a busy study schedule and you likely won’t be able to fit in all of your studying if you say yes to everything you’re invited to. Don’t be afraid to say no. While your friends and family want to spend time with you, they’ll understand how important this exam is.
If you have any other self care tips, tweet them to me at @barpreplife!