A Healthier You

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Law school is a big juggling act where you must learn to balance your professional and your personal life. A crucial part of finding that balance is being healthy. My goal is to create a support system to motivate each other to be healthy, well balanced students. In an effort to accomplish this, I started a Facebook page called Nena Central. On this page you will find health advice, food recipes, workout exercises, and motivational phrases to keep you on the right track. Your input to create this support system is crucial, so please feel free to write about questions you have, suggestions or ideas. This month the topic I will address is simple ways to help reduce stress.

As you prepare for your final exams, it is important to keep in mind that chronic stress levels put you at a higher risk of health problems such as: anxiety, depression, digestive problems, weight gain, memory and concentration impairment, and sleep problems. Learning to reduce stress and clear your mind will help you feel in control. Here are some tips to help you reduce stress the rest of the year.

Be more productive to reduce stress! The more work you get done the less stress you will feel later.

  1. Carry an agenda with you, it helps you remember your “things to do” and helps you prioritize them.
  2. Give each task a set period of time without distractions and finish them.
  3. Being focused is vital; if you are working on something forget about everything else. Keep in mind that 20 minutes spent doing something completely focused is worth more than an hour distracted.
  4. Make the best out of “dead time”.
  5. Learn to delegate.
  6. Learn to be flexible, if you can’t do something you planned, move on to the next task.
  7. Avoid working extra hours continuously because working continuously doesn’t mean you will complete the work efficiently.

Drinks to help reduce stress:

  1. Hot or warm milk: The amino acid tryptophan in milk is what helps you relax. You can add a little honey for a sweet antioxidant.
  2. Herbal tea: Teas of catnip, lemon balm, skullcap, passionflower, hops, and or valerian help relax.
  3. Green tea: This tea contains theanine, a calming agent. Make sure you choose decaffeinated tea, so the theanine predominates.

Whatever you do, don’t turn to alcohol for shut-eye. Drinking too close to bedtime might help you doze off, but studies have found it is likely to interfere with your sleep cycle and keep you from getting the rest you need.

Exercise to reduce stress:

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are hormones that fight stress. Keep in mind that a good workout can help you get your mind off your problems and clear your head.

  1. High energy activities like running, dancing, spinning, and kickboxing increase your heart rate and make your body release endorphins that will help you feel better physically and mentally
  2. Yoga: This is a stress- relief exercise that involves deep breathing combined with moving and stationary poses. For stress relief, it is recommended that you do gentle yoga or yoga for beginners.
  3. Tai Chi: involves self-paced, flowing body movements and breathing techniques that help you release stress.
  4. Martial Arts: This is an effective way to release energy, frustration, and tension. You can choose from Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Krav Maga among others. I would highly recommend this because you can learn self-defense techniques while releasing stress at the same time.
  5. Outdoor activities: Hiking and biking trails are pleasant places to spend time and clear your mind because the change in scenery helps you relax and clear your mind.

 

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Maria Elena Parada

Federal Bar Association Event – Supreme Court October 2014 Term Preview with Dean Chemerinsky and Professor Brown

Sixty legal minds, including local attorneys and four Whittier Law School students, received the opportunity to gain insights on pending Supreme Court cases from two prominent Constitutional Law scholars on Wednesday at a Federal Bar Association (FBA\OC) luncheon.

The event featured a Supreme Court Preview of the October 2014 term with panelists Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professor Rebecca Brown. Chemerinsky, a Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law and the current Dean of University of California, Irvine School of Law, and Brown, a Newton Professor Constitutional Law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, spoke on issues regarding standing, separation of power, sex discrimination, voting rights, and traffic stops.

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Focusing on eight-selected Supreme Court cases that are currently being decided, Chemerinsky and Brown gave their individual theories on the outcomes of each case based on how the Supreme Court has previously ruled on the issue, how each Justice has voted in the past, and how strong of an impact society is creating at the time the case is being decided.

There is an exceptional reason for cases to make its way up to the Supreme Court. On average, the Supreme Court reverses 75 percent of lower court’s decision, said Chemerinsky.

The ultimate goal is always the same, said Brown. “Constitutional law is to protect individuals’ rights.”

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The event left lasting impressions on Whittier Law students.

“Lawmaking is like chess – there are so many considerations that go into one simple move,” said Hanna Chandoo, 3L. “I felt my intellectual curiosity rise during the lunch, and by the time I left, the world felt like it was full of possibilities.”

For To Uyen Nguyen, 3L, her knowledge of the Supreme Court’s vital role was reaffirmed. “I believe that the decisions the Supreme Court makes have a profound effect on every person’s constitutional rights and daily lives,”

The FBA\OC holds monthly events. If you are interested in being sponsored for an FBA\OC event, please contact Claire Chang for more information at cchang2@poets.whittier.edu.

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