Studying for the bar exam can feel all-consuming. It may seem as though there is always more that you could do – more practice questions to answer, more outlines to review, more flashcards to make. And while the instinct to do more is a tough one to quell for a bar examinee, at the end of the day, you can and will burn out if you don’t build in some down time to your routine. You do yourself no favors by pushing yourself too hard; breaks are as essential to test-day success as any other part of the process.
Because different days will present different needs – say, for example, you just finished an unexpectedly difficult set of civil procedure questions that left you feeling a little overwhelmed – it is helpful to keep handy a list of go-to activities that you can turn to for brain-break inspo. Below are a few ideas, categorized based on the amount of time you need to decompress, to regroup, and, dare I say it, to have some fun.