It’s that time again! Bar prep is here. No worries. An early start can reduce stress and anxiety later.
1) Start early. Make a realistic schedule to account for the holidays. February bar prep can be tricky. You could easily lose two weeks due to the holiday season. While the official start date may be later, it also doesn’t leave much wiggle room if you get behind.
2) Plan time for some Sun. Seasonal Affective Disorder is real. If you study from 8 – 5pm, It’ll be getting dark outside when you finish. Being inside all day & then leaving when it’s dark can take a toll on you. Try studying by a window. Pay attention to your mental health and do not hesitate to seek professional help. Utilize the judges and lawyers assistance program of your state.
3) Let your family & friends know about your study schedule. You may not be able to enjoy the holiday season the way you previously have. But if you let every one know to expect you Christmas eve, Christmas & New Years Day then maybe that will reduce the peer pressure to go shopping or hangout.
4) Relax. This exam is largely a test in mental endurance. Positive affirmations go a long way. I utilized essential oils to help me relax when I would start to feel anxious. I used a diffuser and an aromatherapy essential oil necklace to help me remain calm.
Run your own race. Don’t be distracted by how far along people claim to be. Go at your own pace.