As an LLM student you’ve signed up to a more than you did as an undergraduate, the workload is high, your finances maybe a concern and you’ve also got to think about your future career. At the same time you are likely to be dealing with the upheaval of living in a new city far away from your friends and family, so it’s no wonder some graduates have trouble relaxing at the end of the day! To make the most of your time as a Master of Laws student, and to fully enjoy the stimulating, exciting and challenging nature of advanced study, you need to make sure you lower your stress levels. Here are a few ways to make relaxation part of your life.
1. Get to campus early
You know that your next lecture or tutorial is going to be demanding, but you can still choose how the day begins. Have an early night and be out of the house in time to sit by yourself with a hot drink rather than rushing straight into your lecture. Spending a bit of time alone can help you feel centred and calm, making it easier to focus on the day ahead. This is also a good time to ponder all that you’ve achieved in the year so far and plan for the future.
2. Laugh a lot
Laughing is incredibly important. It floods your body with endorphins and also increases your sense of wellbeing. So whether it’s over lunch with a group of friends, at a comedy show on campus, or watching the TV at home, make the time for a good belly laugh as often as possible. Studying for an LLM is a serious undertaking, but by keeping a sense of humour you’ll maintain a healthier work-life balance.
3. Stay in touch with friends and family
A conversation with someone who really ‘gets’ you can be a genuine stress reliever, they won’t judge you for feeling homesick or overworked, instead they’ll listen sympathetically to what you have to say. We all need to vent from time to time, so make Skype sessions or calls home a regular thing. It can also help to know that the people you love are doing well and are pleased to hear from you.
4. Explore and discover
Take the time out from your studies to explore and discover your immediate surroundings. Most university towns are big enough to have art galleries and museums for you to check out. And if you’re living somewhere more rural you can always discover the amazing natural world on your doorstep instead. Visiting new places and getting yourself out of the normal routine can be very refreshing, leaving you ready to face your studies with enthusiasm when you return home.
5. Unwind by doing what you love
From sports to European cinema, acting to candle making, whatever you find pleasure in doing, make sure you keep it up whilst studying your LLM. Postgraduate law students often live in a loop of study, work and travel, but even though you’re short of time, try not to let your hobbies go completely. Alternatively, if you’re in a new town where there’s plenty on offer, you could find another activity to join in with!