Well, Well, Well

Wellness Tips From the Student Affairs Office at UVA Law

UVA Law students

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Life in law school is fast-paced and sometimes it can feel like our brains mimic that – thoughts coming a mile a minute and persistent worries about anything and everything.  It can seem as if there isn’t time to breathe never mind quiet our minds. The good news is that ther are things we can do!

Kate Gibson | February 26, 2020
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At UVA Law we pride ourselves on our sense of community and the fact that we take care of each other. Let’s be sure that we are being active in our commitment to care for every member of our community.


| February 19, 2020
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People who are natural introverts often feel pressure to change.  They worry that they are not outgoing enough, and so sometimes they push themselves to socialize in ways that cause them more stress than enjoyment.

The truth is, there is nothing wrong with being an introvert. 

Sarah E. Davies | February 5, 2020
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This is one of the times of the school year where we can face disappointments like poorer grades than hoped for or missed job opportunities.  Not getting something we hoped for, expected or wanted is a difficulty that we all face at one time or another.  This is when resilience – our ability to adapt and thrive when difficult things happen -- can come into play.  So what are things we can do to promote our own resilience and balance when these disappointments happen?


Kate Gibson | January 29, 2020
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With a new year comes New Year's resolutions. Resolutions is just a fancy way of saying goals and goals are totally attainable when you approach them with a plan in mind. Here are a couple of tips for setting good goals and staying on track to achieve them!

Sarah E. Davies | January 22, 2020
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The lead up to exams is a marathon! Keep your body healthy during this time so that you can make it across the finish line.

Kate Gibson | November 20, 2019
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Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors! The weather is not too hot and not too cold but just right. The leaves are beautiful. Our brains and bodies need a break from the ramp up to exams. We are lucky to live in a place where getting into nature is as easy as walking out the back door of the Law School.

| November 6, 2019
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It may seem like you can skimp on sleep and still get by, but studies show over and over that our bodies and brains need sleep to perform well. As a general rule, you should get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night to stay at your best.  Much as we all love a nap, napping just can’t make up for disruptions in our sleep cycle.

| October 30, 2019
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Sometimes our friends will be going through difficult times: losses, disappointments, trauma, health problems, money problems and the like.   How can we help?

Kate Gibson | October 23, 2019
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Instead of Wellness Wednesday this week we are recognizing World Mental Health Day with some tips for managing stress and anxiety and "Take What You Need, Leave What You Can" board in Withers Brown Hall.

Kate Gibson | October 10, 2019
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If you think you might have a problem with alcohol or other substance abuse, you are not alone. Over the past several years, there has been growing concern in the legal profession about substance abuse and mental health issues. 

Sarah E. Davies | September 24, 2019
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Most of us grew up with parents telling us to eat right, but, let’s face it, eating right can be hard.  Especially when you are feeling stressed or short on time, it’s just easier to grab take out or order a pizza even though your budget will take a pretty hefty hit if you do that regularly.  And, we know that some students get by with the snacks in Student Affairs, supplemented by left-overs from lunch events.


Sarah E. Davies | September 11, 2019

Today is #WSPD19. #BeThe1To make a difference - stepping forward and reaching out can help save lives. https://bit.ly/2TaTuHT #SPM19

| September 10, 2019

Remember how your parents always told you to eat your veggies? Well, they were onto something. Eating a balanced diet helps you feel and focus better. If you picked up any fruit or veggies from the Bellair Farm farmstand today at the Law School, here are some quick and easy recipes to try with your haul.

| September 4, 2019
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This time of year is all about meeting new people and building community here at UVA Law. We wanted to share some tips for feeling comfortable interacting with new people, making connections, and (hardest for me) remembering names, so I went straight to the source for this blog post, and contacted Joby Ryan. Joby is a 2005 graduate from UVA Law and the Leadership Gifts Officer for the Law School Foundation. Joby is in the business of meeting people and making connections with them.  Spend two minutes with Joby and you will understand that he is a “people person” to his core. 

| August 28, 2019