One personal practice I began my 2L year was to set aside one weekend, or one day of a weekend, per month to do something that I enjoyed. Something that was not school related, nor work related. These activities have included painting at Merlot's Masterpiece, attending an 11th Hour poetry sessions at Busboys & Poets, and attending the play "Black Side of the Moon." Just having these small mental breaks can do wonders for ones psyche as well as their physical and spiritual health. Mini retreats like these, can also serve as rewards to law students for the hard work they put in and for even making it to this point in their academic careers.
Oftentimes, we don't take time to celebrate the small victories: performing well on an exam, being elected to serve on the board of an organization, or completing a bar exam course. We don't want to work tirelessly through law school, look up, and realize it's over without taking time to have enjoy the experience and have lived in the moment.
Moral of the story: everyone needs a positive outlet and needs to take advantage of that positive outlet regularly.
About the Author: Renee C. Mims, a Detroit native, is a third year part-time student at the University of the District of Columbia. She serves as the Programming Committee Chair for the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association (GWAC). Renee also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) where she represents the best interests of youth involved in the foster care system and advocates for necessary resources, services, and works toward recommended permanency goals.