Finding a healthy outlet

Building the habits of balance and healthy breaks now will serve you well into the future.

Both your brain and your body need to take a break from the work of your law school applications, and vegging out in front of the TV, surfing the internet and hanging out on Facebook can only get you so far (and sitting on the couch doesn’t exactly switch gears for your body).  There are so many healthy ways to refresh yourself, and you’ll have to find what works for you.  Many of you have probably already developed a great habit of working out.  I’ve also heard from many students that playing music or painting help them relax and refresh. 

One option not often considered by many attorneys (or attorney wannabes) is meditation. But right in Northampton, you can find a program designed specifically to foster contemplative meditation among lawyers and law students

And of course, for many people, simply socializing with friends can provide the outlet you need to recharge yourself.  Maybe even think about unplugging when you do so—it never hurts to get away from all the screens for a while.

Whatever you do, make sure you do it.  Plan for it in your weekly schedule. Very soon, in law school and as a lawyer, your time will be booked beyond what you can likely imagine right now, especially if you start a family.  Building the habits of balance and healthy breaks now will serve you well into the future.