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How Tech Can Help Law Students With Mental Health

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By George Khoury, Esq. on November 02, 2018 6:54 AM

For law students, mental health is very important. With all the stress of keeping up, cold calling, outlining, and exams, not to mention all the requirements that lead up to the bar exam and admission into the bar, if law students aren't careful, their mental health can really suffer.

Fortunately, thanks to the modern world we live in, there's tech that can help you cope (apart from massaging chairs). Below, you can read about three not so new, and actually pretty-obvious, tech innovations to help you stay grounded during law school.

Fitness Monitors, Trackers, and Apps

While the recent craze over wearables and fitness trackers may eventually pass, the concept behind this technology seems to be working for many. Simply having a fitness wearable, like a FitBit or Apple Watch, tends to incentivize people to be more active (at least temporarily or while using the devices).

Luckily you don't necessarily need a wearable, as most smartphones are capable of serving as a fitness tracker. iPhones, for example, comes preloaded with the Health app, that do much more than simply track the number of steps you take in a day.

Destressing Apps

Even if you're not into meditation, law school may be the time to give it another shot, especially when the stress really starts mounting. Carving out time to meditate, or just destress, can help you keep focused on the big picture or just give your anxious mind a moment to rest. There are countless apps that provide guided meditations or even just nature sounds for you to zone out, study, or sleep to. You can check out Above the Law's recommendations for two such apps (scroll to the "Mental Health" category).

Also, you might find that popping some bubbles, or minding your Farmville, or playing some other simple, not overly analytical/stimulating game could be your form of meditation.

Video Calling

One common problem for law students is feeling isolated from their pre-law student life. Fortunately, just about every smartphone on the market today will allow you to make video calls. And while these calls might be much more involved than a regular call, and thus usually neglected, making the time and space in your life to make these video calls to your family and close friends can help you feel more connected and help you keep in better touch with the people who matter in your life.

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