STUDENT WELL-BEING TOOLS FOR THRIVING
Moving into mindfulness
It’s no secret that law school is challenging, and the stress doesn’t stop with graduation: law is continually ranked among the highest-pressure professions. To help students improve their ability to focus and perform—and form habits for thriving in a fast-paced, demanding field—Loyola University Chicago School of Law is incorporating secular mindfulness concepts and practice into the life of the law school community.
Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's full attention to what’s happening in the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, or yoga to become aware of and better manage thoughts, feelings, and body sensations.
“Growing research shows that when we train ourselves to be mindful, we actually remodel the physical structures of our brains,” says Teresa Frisbie, director of Loyola’s Dispute Resolution Program and a mindfulness advocate. The best-studied mindfulness program, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), yields positive results that range from improved equanimity and productivity to better sleep and reduced physical pain. Mindfulness practice generates significant improvement in both focus and memory—which may help with the voluminous reading of law school and the myriad demands facing legal practitioners.