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Mental Health and Wellness Book: This Is Your Brian on Anxiety

With the semester winding down and exams right around the corner, you might be starting to feel particularly stressed in law school. It’s smart to be proactive about managing law school stress and anxiety. For example, you can schedule in exercise, yoga, or meditation or plan for a relaxing afternoon with family or friends.

You might also want to check out our Mental Health and Wellness Book collection for some inspiration. Granted, this probably isn’t the time for lots of extra reading, but some of these books are really really short, so you can skim them between classes or as study break.

One super short book to try is This Is Your Brian on Anxiety: What Happens and What Helps. It’s a breezy 63 pages. Some case decisions are much longer than that! The book’s also very cheeky and conversational, kind of fun to skim actually. But it’s helpful, too, with tips on what anxiety feels like, and how to deal with it.

You can find this book and others in our Mental Health & Wellness Collection, located in the Ohio Room as you walk in. All of the books from this collection can be checked out at the circulation desk. You can explore the collection online through our Mental Health & Well-Being research guide.

 

Mental Health and Wellness Book: The Worry Cure

Are you already worrying about law school exams or do you expect that you will be soon? If so, it can be helpful to plan ahead for how you will contain your worry so that it will not paralyze you around exam time. The Mental Health and Wellness Collection, located in the Ohio Room, includes a number of books that you can check out that may help you get a handle on exam time worrying.

One title to try is The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You by Robert L. Leahy. Early on in the book, you can establish your worry profile to understand yourself better. Next, you can go over unproductive ways to deal with worrying, such as trying to stop your thoughts or numbing yourself with alcohol. The seven steps to stopping worrying are the main part of the book. These cover things like identifying productive and unproductive worrying, focusing on the deeper threat, and taking control of your time.

You can find The Worry Cure in our Mental Health & Wellness Collection, located in the Ohio Room as you walk in. All of the books from this collection can be checked out at the circulation desk. You can explore the collection online through our Mental Health & Well-Being research guide.

 

This Just In: Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life

On the heels of C|M|Law’s successful RBG: Justice Ginsburg Live via Skype Chat and RBG Film Screening comes one of the newest additions to our library’s collection Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life.

Jane Serron DeHart, a Professor of History and Women’s Studies, has written an in-depth, insightful, and groundbreaking work on the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The book, written in cooperation with Ginsburg, took 15 years to research and write. Dehart interviewed Justice Ginsburg, her husband, family, friends, and colleagues for the tome.

At over 500 pages, this a biography for biography lovers, legal historians, and fans of the “Notorious RBG.” Ginsburg’s desire for gender equality is a focus of the book. It covers her early life in Brooklyn, NY, time at Cornell and Harvard Law School, relationship with her husband, attempt to break into a legal career in the male-dominated law environment of the 1950s, work with the ACLU, and career as a jurist. Academics will especially like the 100+ pages of notes and bibliography at the end of the book.

The documentary film RBG is also available in our collection.

Mental Health and Wellness Book: Fail Fail Again Fail Better

If you’ve made it to law school, you and success might be pretty close. Maybe you’ve had good grades in college. A good LSAT score. A successful career. But now that you’re here, you might be getting to know failure a little better, which is never actually a bad thing. Some people say fail stands for First Attempt In Learning.  You could even think of it as FAILL – First Attempt In Learning Law. That’s a positive way to think of failure, a way to focus on growth and personal development in your chosen career path.

Fail Fail Again Fail Better, written by an American-born Buddhist nun, is a book that you can pick up and skim (maybe over a coffee or in between classes) when you need a dose of inspiration. It’s short, sweet, and comes with a little drawing on every other page. It might help you get through a stressful point in the semester. You can find the book in our Mental Health & Wellness Collection, located in the Ohio Room as you walk in. All of the books from this collection can be checked out at the circulation desk. You can explore the collection online through our Mental Health & Well-Being research guide.

Mental Health & Wellness Book: The Upward Spiral

If you think depression is getting in the way of law school, reading The Upward Spiral may give you some good ideas to reverse the sadness, fatigue and apathy that often comes with depression. While there’s no one big secret solution to depression, there are a lot of little things you can do to train your brain to function in a healthier and happier manner. Based on the latest research in neuroscience, this book gives you numerous tips and suggestions for rewiring your brain so you can manage depression.  You can find the book in our Mental Health & Wellness Collection, located in the Ohio Room as you walk in. All of the books from this collection can be checked out at the circulation desk. You can explore the collection online through our Mental Health & Well-Being research guide.