Law studies can be tiring even for the most resolute of law students. Law studies are drab, tedious and all-consuming and rarely would it afford the law student a little down time for relaxation (it’s end to end reading). I hate to tell you, but the lack of relaxation can be depressing and can take a real tool on you. In an earlier article on the dark side of law practice, I had pointed out the negative effects the lack of relaxation has on practicing lawyers and law students alike. So it is important you seek out ways of genuine escapism for relaxation. It might help you regain your mojo and get-up-and go after an entire semester of being buried in your books. A good extracurricular can help you avoid any potential brain fag and shoot the adrenaline back into your heart.
So here are 7 tips to help you relax in the university.
Exercising is to the body what reading is to the mind. Your level of fitness will have a direct effect on your rate of assimilation. What’s more, regular exercise can act as a relief from depression, stress. Exercise can build your confidence, self-esteem and self-image.
(2) Be realistic
No matter what we do or how we do it, there will never be just that right combination of circumstances that will make each and every undertaking of our lives come off without a hitch. – OG Mandino (University of Success)
Set realistic expectations for yourself to avoid overreaching yourself. Kill off every perfectionist tendency in you. This can lead you to frustration when you fail to achieve your set goals in their precise terms. Don’t give yourself a snow job by setting 7 hours of reading each day when you can only manage 2 hours. Man know thyself!
(3) Do some positive self-talk
When the chips are down, learn to talk to yourself. Give yourself the best positive speech you’ll ever remember. Tell yourself things like “I can do this” not the opposite. Say it out loud to yourself. Learn to look yourself in the mirror when you engage in your self-talk.
(4) Develop a fixer’s mentality
If there is anything I’ve learn from Suits is that I can practice a little role-playing whenever I hit a snag. I like to fancy myself as Steven Huntley the self-styled “fixer” in Suits who took pride in that fact whenever he faced difficulties (I’m really not big on his methods though). There is lot it can do to your attitude when you think you are a fixer. It will help take an inventory of the problem you are in and brainstorm a way out. But accept sometimes there are things you can’t fix. That should be after you must have given your best efforts.
(5) Have hobbies
Maintain a balanced lifestyle by incorporating leisure activities and hobbies into your routine. Do things you really enjoy and get ideas on new hobbies. And please, don’t add reading to your list of hobbies. You’ve had enough of it already.
Hey there relax! Learn some relaxation techniques things like seeing a funny movie, if you are in Nigeria, stand-up comedies like those of Apkororo (the guys comedy use to succor me back then in school. I laughed so hard some days that I nearly choked). Read humorous books too. I still remember the one I read back then where some robbers after a bank robbery drove their getaway car right into a police station because the only available escape route was a dead-end that lead right into a police compound ( and I remember thinking to myself “that is the dumbest thing ever!”). Read our ridiculous laws from around the world for a good laugh.
(7) Take very good care of yourself
Ensure you take your regular meals and observe your regular rest. Avoid running on empty as you read. It might compound your troubles when you break down a day or two before your exams all because you weren’t eating.
Patrick Herbert is the Editor-in-Chief and founder of Law Student Hub. He is an LL.B. Law graduate from the University of Benin, Nigeria. He’s a life enthusiast, a budding writer and internet entrepreneur. Patrick is deeply passionate about law and research and has inspired many with his thought-provoking articles. To get in touch, follow him on social media.