Good Morning World!
I thought I’d start off today by making a little post not only welcoming the 1st of August but also by saying good by to my pre-law school life! It is crunch time now as I mentally and physically prepare to begin my journey into legal education. Especially, since I already need to get working on those advance assignments (Yikes!).
This summer has been so transitory, so, I wanted to share some of what I’ve been doing to stay happy and healthy as I get ready to embark on my 1L year. These tips could easily be adapted and applied to any transitional period you may be encountering, at least I think they could. They all fundamentally focus on being proactive and productive. So, here ya go!
- “Me” Time! As you’ve likely noticed, based on the blog’s resurrection, this summer I focused a lot on things that I thoroughly enjoy. I’ve spent a lot of time trying new recipes, reading and practicing my passions for music and health. It has been very important to me to stay busy, but not too busy, because I realize that I’m about to enter a very new and hectic part of my life. Even though I am ecstatic to begin law school, I think this time spent relaxing and focusing on me has been, and will continue to be, very beneficial to my overall mental health.
- Stay Active! I have focused equally on my physical health over these past months. I’ve always loved staying active and enjoyed occasional workouts (2-3 times a week), but I’ve made a point to make being active a part of my daily life. This doesn’t always mean an intense hour long cardio workout, it could mean a simple 30-45 min yoga session (as was the case this morning). Anything that gets your body feeling some heat and moving is better than nothing!
- Daily Mindfulness! This point can be very similar to the previous, so much so that it could even replace it. I have chosen to make a shift in my life towards being more mindful. This can be expressed in daily yoga (especially if you are crunched on time and want to combine mindfulness and being active) or through a daily meditation practice. Recently, I have spent at least 10 min a day either practicing yoga or some type of meditation. My perspective and ability to deal with stressful situations has already greatly improved, and I fully plan to continue this practice as I feel it will be increasingly beneficial for my mental health as I venture into my legal career.
- EAT WELL! I cannot stress enough, especially based on how I feel now, that good health (mental and physical) begins on the inside! I am still learning and adapting my diet, but the changes I’ve noticed since my shift toward a more intuitive, whole food focused diet have been awesome. I feel more motivated, more energetic, and overall more well. I am thinking about making a post soon too with some of the different blogs and vlogs that have really helped me with my healthy eating habits.
- Be With People You Love! My last bit of advice is to spend as much time as possible with the people you care about and who care about you. That last bit is important, especially of you are preparing to start law school or if you are about to enter a new, busier part of your life. I am a firm believer in the idea that if you care about something time can, and will, be made for it. I also realize that I may very well fall off the radar from time to time due to exams or some other challenge. So, I am taking special care now to see or at least communicate with people who I care about. This way they know that I do in fact care about them even if I can’t always see them or talk to them on a whim. Put in effort, make fun memories, and it will leave them knowing you care and want to have them in your life; even if it may not be as frequently as it used to be.
This post has officially gone on long enough and if you’ve stuck through till this point, I just want to say THANK YOU! Posting here, however infrequently, is very cathartic for me and the chance that something I write may have impacted you makes this all the more special. Good luck on whatever journey you face next and know that you will face it with grace and success, whatever that may mean to you!