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Uh-oh. It’s that time. You know, that time where all your work just piles onto you in one dreadful, stressful, time-consuming week? Well, you’re not alone. In fact, it just happens to be one of those weeks for me! Here’s how I’m getting through it.
Remember chia pets? Well, believe it or not, those little seeds that were once used to create your green little plant friends can also give you tons of energy and mental stamina! The Tarahumara tribe—also known as “the running people”—have a diet primarily consisting of these seeds, which helps them to sustain 40 mile runs with ease. In addition to containing tons of omegas and protein to keep you alert, these seeds also expand when you soak them in water, keeping you full and away from distracting study snacks! Fill up a glass of water with chia seeds, or make a chia seed smoothie with almond milk and almond butter for long-lasting stamina. Buy them at any health food store.
B vitamins are essential for regulating the nervous system and increasing circulation, thus helping brain functioning. Studies also show that a diet high in vitamin B can help increase memory and recall. Eating a wide variety of greens will help you get a great amount of B-vitamins; cauliflower itself also has a ton of b-vitamins alone. The only B-vitamin that is not easily available in vegetables is b-12; for this reason, it is important that vegans take either a b-12 supplement or chlorella and blue-algae tablets—although these are a bit harder to find.
For those of you who take Adderall (and hopefully with a legal prescription!) you probably know that although it does increase mental stamina, it does so with the horrible side effects of irritability, increased heart rate, and loss of appetite. L-tyrosine acts as a great alternative. Adderall acts by regulating the production of dopamine in the brain; this is a good thing for those of us with ADD symptoms. However, it also decreases the amount of serotonin produced in the brain, which can result in depression. Not so good! L-tyrosine regulates dopamine without decreasing serotonin, so you can be focused and happy! L-tyrosine can be found in pumpkin seeds, spinach, spirulina, and mustard seeds. If you need a more concentrated dose, you can also take a 500 mg tablet in the morning on an empty stomach.
Exercise is incredibly important to increase mental alertness and energy. However I know that going to the gym can take up a good amount of time if you’re in a crunch. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t fit exercise into your life. My friend David likes to set a 30-minute timer while he is studying to do push-ups. It keeps his heart rate up so that he’s pumped to study for the next 30-minutes. I personally like to jump rope, do crunches, or have a mini dance party every half-hour. It’s not like I’m going to the club while in law school, so I might as well set one up in my apartment!
On that note, I’ve got tons of law school reading and research, so I’m signing off. Good luck getting it all done!