Today we have a guest post about dealing with anxiety while studying for the bar exam. Ryan Rivera struggled with anxiety for years and negative thinking was the consequence. Now he provides information about living with anxiety at thecalmclinic.com.
Preparing for the bar exam can be some of the most stressful weeks or months of your life. It is the culmination of years’ worth of education. As nerve-racking as that sounds, it is also the truth. Coping with anxiety associated with the bar exam can be difficult, but you can do something about it.
As you find yourselves slaving in front of all your review materials, don’t forget to loosen up once in a while. Being cooped up in your room studying for days and weeks on end will not do you good. You have to go out and breathe in some fresh air once in a while. Find ways to unwind to release the stress and tension that has surely built up inside you. Consider this a glimpse of your future law practice, and train yourself to handle the pressure better. Taking a bit of time off will help lift your spirit and push you further.
Here, we share some ways that can help you get rid of the stress and anxiety of preparing for the bar exam. Try some of these tips that will allow you to loosen up:
- Once you’ve started feeling too tired to study for the rest of the night, pop in a movie that will help you relax. If you are tempted to watch a law-related movie, don’t. Go for no-brainers like comedies that were made simply to entertain you. Don’t find any reason to think more than you already have throughout the day.
- Don’t skip meals and don’t stop exercising to make more time to study. Eat healthier and go out for some physical activity. Sweating the stress out will help you become mentally prepared for the bar exams by boosting your circulation and pumping more blood into your brain. Feed yourself with the right nutrients that will allow your body to handle endless days of studying.
- Take naps. Don’t be too hard on yourself and not take breaks. Once you’ve grown weary, take a power nap and wake up feeling revived and ready to devour more books and notes.
- Go out once in a while. Take a walk around, sit on a park bench, and just take in your surroundings. It will help clear your head and allow you to focus more, which you will definitely need once you go back studying.
- Have a study playlist that can accompany you and help you release the stress on occasion. Put in some rocking tunes that will compel you to shout out loud once it comes on. Get some dance hits in there that will allow you to stand right up and break out. Get silly when you can, and enjoy these little opportunities to loosen up.
The key is to not to deprive yourself of little breaks and wonders that can help energize you as you continue to work. Go ahead and whip up a delicious midnight snack if you want. Find a bar that has a great line-up for a gig one night, and just enjoy the music. Little rewards will help your release the tension and will allow you to become more responsive and attentive to your review materials.
Thank you, Ryan!
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