Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Top 4 Ways to Spend the 4th...While Studying for the Bar

During bar prep, life for bar applicants is essentially consumed with studying for the bar exam and not much else.  It is eat, sleep, and breath bar prep.  However, balance, especially in times like these, is essential to maintaining health and emotional stability.  In light of the need for balance, I have created a list of the top 4 ways to spend the 4th (while studying for the bar exam).

4. Sleep:  Everyone is sleep deprived while studying for the bar exam.  Lecture schedules dictate wake up, and study schedules often require burning the midnight oil.  But, as we all know, brain research confirms that our memory improves with sleep.  Sleep also makes us less grumpy and give us stamina to sustain long days of studying.  Thus, sleep until noon on the 4th or take a long midsummer's nap...perhaps on a hammock or in a shady spot on the beach.  You will feel recharged as you venture into the final weeks of bar prep and will repay some of your sleep debt. 

3. Blow off Steam:  Now, don't go crazy with this one.  What I mean to say, is have some fun!  Do something that epitomizes summer fun (for you).  Waterski, go for a hike, play a tennis match, garden, or head to a park with friends for a game of Ultimate Frisbee (this is what I will be doing).  Try to fill your spirit so that you will feel refreshed.  Find moments of joy that will sustain you during the long study hours that will encompass your life in the weeks ahead.

2. Indulge:  Now, if you did not find #4 and #3 indulgent enough, I have added "Indulge" on its own.  When I think of the 4th, I think about food...so maybe this is a good time for you to go out for brunch with your friends, to fire up your smoker for some slow cooked ribs, or bake a berry pie with those beautiful berries cropping up at the farmer's market.  Make time to indulge in things that make you happy and try to nourish yourself with fun and delicious foods.   

1. Spend time with Friends and Family:  This is a no-brainer.  Our relationships with our family and friends help us maintain balance and help support us when times are tough.  Studying for the bar exam is one of those times.  Take the 4th as a day to be with your support system and to renew the bonds you have with your family and friends.  This time together will rejuvenate your connections and fill your spirit.

Happy Fourth of July!

Lisa Young

 

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