The bar exam can be mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting, so it’s important to prioritize your physical and mental health when studying. At this point in your legal studies, you know how many hours you can study productively and how important it is to balance a scrutinizing study schedule with mental breaks and activities. Whether you’re looking for the ‘okay’ to take a break or seeking something new to help you destress, we’ve put together a list of seven ways to reduce your stress while studying for the bar exam.
CREATE A ROUTINE
The first important stress reducer is to have a good routine in place. This will help you maximize your potential to ensure you get the most out of your studies and perform at your peak. There are several overwhelming components to studying for the bar exam, and you might not know where or how to start. Take some time to figure it out; get a planner, set up time blocks, and add in some other activities that bring you joy!
You’ve answered your first set of 50 questions for each subject – it’s time to take a break! Taking a short break from studying will allow you to de-stress, clear your mind, and help you be more productive. A general rule is to take a 15-minute break for every hour of studying and take an extended break (30 minutes) for every two to four hours of studying.
STRESS-RELIEVING & MINDFUL ACTIVITIES
It is important to incorporate some fun activities into your day-to-day when studying for the bar exam. Take time to read, relax, and do things that bring you happiness. Adding small and mindful activities will help you balance studying and self-care and help you maintain a healthy life during such a stressful time.
Exercising and moving your body can help improve concentration and overall mental health. Getting yourself outside for a hike (city or nature) or hitting the gym for rigorous exercise helps boost your mood and relieve stress. A good goal is to incorporate at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, like taking a walk, daily. Whatever form of exercise you choose will be beneficial!
Study snacks are a must-have for those late nights, but you might consider substituting those candy and chips for something healthier. Eating a balanced diet helps fuel your brain and maintain good mental and physical health. Everyday Health has a great list of healthy snack options.
GET SOME REST
Getting enough sleep is essential for your physical and mental health, which in the long run will help you relax and perform without dozing off. Try and make sure you are following, at best, a regular sleep routine, turning off electronics, and trying not to try to study right before bed.
REMEMBER TO BREATHE
The quickest and easiest way to relieve tension is by using breathing techniques. Practice taking deep, slow breaths and notice your body instantly beginning to relax. The most common breathing technique is the 7:7:7 method (breath in for seven seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and drag out for seven seconds).
Don’t forget that the AdaptiBar program is designed to help you study more efficiently! Take advantage of our performance analytics tools to identify the areas of the MBE in which you excel and those where you have difficulty. Set aside more time to focus on your weaker subtopics and save time by periodically reviewing your strong subject areas. With a structured plan and the tools provided by AdaptiBar, you will ensure you are not forfeiting your mental and physical health as you study for the bar exam.
Good luck from all of us at AdaptiBar!