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With the academic year and application season approaching, it is important to build wellness and self-care practices into our routine. Regular exercise is known to be key to living a healthier life – but its benefits are more than just physical. Consistent exercise provides mental health benefits for law students and lawyers, given the demands of legal work.
As a student, I understand it might sometimes feel as though life could not get busier. Juggling university, a part-time job, applications, extra-curriculars and daily activity can feel overwhelming. But I am a big proponent of balance and exercise is a crucial part of this.
Some of the benefits of exercise on our wellbeing include the following:
Exercise also demonstrates the following key transferable skills, which can benefit your applications too!
By aligning exercise with your career ambitions, you will realise that exercise takes on a greater meaning. You can incorporate exercise into your daily routine by making small adjustments. This will help to maintain a healthy lifestyle that can extend into your legal career.
I have danced since I was three years old, and so it has long been part of my routine to get up and go to a dance class or the gym. I prefer to start my day with a workout and enhance my productivity. As a fitness instructor, it is also my job to keep fit and healthy. But I recognise this is not for everyone.
However, even in the midst of a pandemic, you can control the controllables. The physical and mental health of law students and lawyers can be neglected due to the intense workload. Here are some tips to help you to incorporate exercise into your routine.
Exercise is just one form of wellbeing. You might have found yourself with more time during the covid-19 pandemic; perhaps you rediscovered your passion for drawing or realised new skills you never knew you had. Keep up these activities and wellbeing practices as you return to university or work – they make you, you.
I have attended numerous webinars and online events during the covid-19 pandemic. The key take-away I have for you is that employers want to recruit and work with people. Having a passion or hobby makes you a more well-rounded person and gives you a personality. This helps you to stand out among the multitude of applications.
Remember – a career in the legal profession is a marathon, not a sprint. If you want to sustain a successful and fulfilled legal career, your wellbeing must be a priority. It is cliché but true – you cannot pour from an empty cup.
Maisie Hodges is a MSc student and recent LPC graduate. Having worked in a family run business for five years, she has a passion for business and is seeking a career in a commercial law firm. Maisie can be found on LinkedIn.