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As you begin to think about how you will spend the two months before the bar exam, it behooves you to take a holistic approach and to recognize the direct connection that exists between your mind and body. During your time of study for the bar, it is critical that you eat a balanced diet, exercise and rest. It is not the time to start a diet or even continue a diet.

There exists a direct connection between nutrition and one’s ability to retain information. For example, eggs contain choline which is found in yolks. Choline has been linked to memory retention. Fish, that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, enhance learning ability and memory performance. Both choline and fish have been found to aid communication within brain cells. Antioxidants contained in fruits and vegetable improve cognitive function. In particular, purple fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, concord grapes and cranberries boost memory skills. B vitamins keep the mind sharp. B vitamins are found in lean meats, fish, legumes, dairy products and leafy vegetables. Supplements are not a sufficient substitute for eating the above foods in fresh form. 

Take thirty minutes every day to exercise. Even a brisk walk will suffice. Exercise clears the mind and enables focus. Exercise is a form of relaxation. A thirty minute break away from your studies will result in more disciplined studies. Exercise will help you cope with the mental stress you are experiencing. It also will heighten self-esteem, relieve depression and anxiety.

Sufficient rest is of the utmost importance. This is not the time to stay up all night and cram. Sleep deficiency will result in an inability to retain the law. You should also limit your intake of caffeine since it causes dehydration which deleteriously impacts mental acumen. The bar exam is a test that demands a disciplined schedule of study for a minimum of a two month period. To excel in your studies and on the bar you will need to eat properly, exercise and rest.


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