The Law Student’s Guide to Self-Care

[ Makenzie Way, 3L at the University of Pennsylvania ]

Law school is busy, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely let yourself go. Self-care can take any form, it can take a few seconds or it can take a few days. As the driver of this thing called life, you get to decide what you have time for, but word from the wise (my grandma, not me) make sure to work it in!

After all, caring for yourself is a great way to ensure you thrive during law school – and beyond. We’re not machines, sometimes we just need a break from all things school-related.

Under 60-Seconds Ideas

  • Light a candle and breathe in the fresh scent
  • Open a window to air your apartment out
  • Drink a glass of water – hydration is key
  • Text someone who has the ability to make you smile

5-Minute Ideas

  • Apply a face mask
  • Listen to your favorite song(s)
  • Make yourself a tea, coffee or hot chocolate
  • Give yourself a foot, hand or shoulder massage – bonus points if you invest in one of those little massage devices
  • Meditate or do some focused breathing
  • Write down 10+ things you’re grateful for
  • Write down 5+ things you love about yourself
  • Have a mini dance party
  • Clean some small part of your house (i.e. sweep the floors, wipe the counters, clean the bathroom)
  • Clip and file your nails

15-Minute Ideas

  • Have a relaxing shower or bath
  • Go for a short walk
  • Stretch or do some yoga
  • Have a nap
  • Call someone who makes you happy
  • Watch a short YouTube video or scroll through social media
  • Fold your laundry and/or put it away
  • Make a snack
  • Read a chapter of a non-assigned book

An Hour Plus Ideas

  • Watch a TV show or movie
  • Go out with friends or family
  • Hit the gym
  • Splurge and get a massage or pamper yourself some other way
  • Listen to an engaging podcast
  • Read a book
  • Go to a nearby park and enjoy nature
  • Do a yoga or exercise class
  • Do your laundry and/or household chores
  • Buy groceries
  • Cook a fantastic meal or go out to your favorite restaurant
  • Go to the movie theatre or see a live play
  • Listen to music at a live concert
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter