Mindfulness is a state of bringing your attention to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness often involves sitting still, focusing on your breath, and observing your thoughts and emotions without judgment.

Incorporating mindfulness practice into your life doesn’t need to be difficult or take much time – even a short five minutes of mindfulness a day can have benefits. Of particular interest to law students is that practicing mindfulness can not only reduce your stress level but also enhance your cognitive learning. Numerous mindfulness studies have shown an association between mindfulness and improved academic performance.

As we approach the midway point in the semester, and you start to realize that final exams will be hear sooner rather than later, it’s a good idea to learn about the various strategies you can use to control anxiety and increase concentration. Practicing mindfulness is an easy strategy that you can incorporate into your routine to achieve these goals.

There are many resources that offer free guided meditations, such as Headspace, to help you get started with mindfulness. Test out some simple mindfulness exercises and see if it improves your focus and well-being over the next few weeks.