The rest of these are tried and true methods for reducing stress after a long hard day.
6) Listen to Music – Last year a fabulous study came out which confirmed what many of us have felt all along, that moving music makes you feel better. (See Music Releases Dopamine To The Brain.) So power up your Ipod and rock out! The more moving the music (think Whitney Houston, Journey, Bon Jovi, and Kelly Clarkson) the better you will feel after hearing it.
7) Relaxation time – Take a nap. We’ve all said we didn’t appreciate “nap time” as children. Enjoy them now. Go to a yoga or meditation class. Go to the gym (this option also comes with an adrenaline and dopamine bonus). Do something you genuinely enjoy. I know law students read a LOT but if you miss reading for pleasure, set aside 20 minutes a day to do it.
8) Laughter is the Best Medicine – Watch cartoons. Read the funny-pages. Go to a comedy club. Take a laughter yoga class (no really, take one they are hilarious!) Watch a funny movie. Watch the roast of Flava Flav. Whatever you find funny, take time to laugh. Laughter lightens you mood and improves over all stress levels. If you can’t find time to do any of the above, rent stand-up comedy routines on CD from your local library (or buy them on Itunes or listen to XM radio), and enjoy a good laugh to and from school.
9) Don’t Abuse Drugs to “Unwind” – In the last few years, much has been written about lawyers and law students self-medicating with alcohol or drugs. These methods only lead to more stress and depression. If you have concerns about your drug of alcohol use, seek help from a trusted mentor or school counselor. Many state bar associations also have support groups for attorneys and law students struggling with addiction.