Looking after yourself | Law

Looking after yourself

Your mother was right when she nagged you about taking care of yourself. As boring as it may be, getting enough sleep, finding time to exercise and eating healthy is the key to your Law School survival. How are you going to become a legal genius if you fall asleep on your desk in class? Sooner or later all those late nights, greasy fries and drinking sessions will catch up with you, and you just know it's going to be at the time when everything is due.

Follow these simple steps to keep your health in check (and your mum off your back!).

Eat right

No, potato chips do not count as vegetables, and coffee doesn't count as dairy. Don't fall into bad habits (exemplified in this article on The Law Student Diet Plan) during semester as you're going to need a clear head to ace your assignments and exams. Just as you plan your class schedule and study times, plan what you are going to eat for the week and stick to it. You can get organic fruit and vegetables on campus from the Thoughtful Foods Co-op and learn more about your daily requirements by reading the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.

Looking after yourself

Get enough shut-eye

Read Blitz every week and you'll soon learn that there is always something exciting happening on campus, especially at the Roundhouse. You'll also learn that not getting enough sleep because you're too busy having fun (at least 8 hours each night) will lead to a sleep debt, resulting in poor concentration and memory, grogginess, irritable moods and can even lead to depression. Learn about good 'sleep hygiene' and be aware of the consequences of sleep deprivation to keep an eye on your snoozing habits.

Exercise often

With a gym, oval and sporting clubs all on campus there is really no excuse not to get moving when you're here for classes. Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five times per week. The Sport and Recreation centre has fitness classes, weights and cardio equippment and an indoor pool and there are a number of other groups you can join if the gym isn't your thing.

Asking for help

Being a law student can be very challenging.  The challenges can range from those which arise from Law School requirements - academic issues, getting things in on time, understanding the material and so on – and those which come from life in general. Unfortunately, law students do suffer from higher levels of depression and anxiety than other students. However, this is certainly not to say it is inevitable! Some of the following resources may help you to manage your stress and ask for help when you need it:

UNSW Counselling

Mindfulness and exercise

Work Life Association

Work Life Balance