October 23rd, 2013 at 3:00
Law School, especially your first two years sometimes feels like a high speed race. There is always something to be done, assignments to read, legal writing papers to turn in, student organization meetings to attend, internships to apply for, finding ways to beef up your resume, and finding ways to make the most out of law school in the short 3 years (yes short, because times really starts to fly when you’re in the thick of it) that you’re here. Because lets face it, the job market can be iffy and you have 3 years to polish yourself into the gem that you know you are and make yourself marketable.
But sometimes, you just need to take a break from it all. A day or two, even if this might put you slightly behind, or not on schedule. All your hard work will not be worth it if you run yourself ragged. It is so important to take care of your mental and physical well being.
Case and Point: This semester has been the busiest I’ve ever been. In my life. I have never had more demands being made on my time, energy and focus than I do right now (don’t get me wrong though, I am grateful to be this busy, because I know I’m working hard to be my best) BUT in that constant go-go-go mentality, I stopped taking care of my physical health. So for the last 6 days I have been battling all sorts of cold/flu like symptoms, fatigue and general “burn out.” I should never have let it get to this point.
What I should have done, was take a day of rest prior to the collapse of my immune system. Gotten some rest, not thought about law school for a day (hard as that might be), and to just take some time for myself (go to the gym, get my nails done, etc.) Taking one day off to restore myself would have saved me the 6 days of misery that I have now endured.
So moral of the story: be proactive about your health (mental and physical) because one preemptive day off to rejuvenate is better than 6 yucky days in which you’re more likely to fall behind