Whether you’re drafting a letter, memo, problem solving assignment or essay, a severe case of writer’s block has the ability bring that magical productivity streak to a stubborn halt. But before the giving into the pull of the Internet and all its procrastinatory glory, here are few strategies that may help you to shift the writer’s block and kick start your word count…
Our lecturers and tutors regularly remind us that depression and anxiety are more prevalent among law students and lawyers than in any other industry, and how our pessimistic attitudes and competitive natures leave our mental wellbeing the worse for wear. These reminders often include a list of helpful services, such as beyondblue and on-campus counseling services.
Sharing such information is vital and ‘see a doctor’ is great advice, but the journey to recovery doesn’t end there. For some, short-term medication or contact with a psychologist is enough to snap the brain out of the cycle of depression or anxiety, while others may need many months or even years and a variety of treatments to regain control of their lives.
Good mental health management is also essential to keep you on the road to recovery. Here are some of the things that have helped me minimise the impact of my illness on the rest of my life…
As the nightmare of late night study, spent pens and furiously tabbed notes draws to an end, spare a thought, if you will, for the person on the other side of your exam booklet: the examiner.
Sure, they may very well be the Devil Incarnate or the Absolute Jerk of Exam Marking. Truth is, us examiners have 2, maybe 3 weeks to wade through hundreds of exam papers in the grand Aristotelian search for meaning in the madness…or just a correct case citation. Or any citation. Please cite something. From the right jurisdiction. Antarctica is not a jurisdiction. Chinese law is hardly binding. Economic duress is a bewildering argument when restraint of trade was clearly the better argument. And no, really, it is not okay to continue citing the Trade Practices Act when it has been replaced by the Australian Consumer Law.
Atychiphobia – the fear of being wrong – is a condition that has plagued many a law school tutorial. Common symptoms may include: periodic muteness, an aversive gaze, prolonged bowing of the head presumably to stare at desks or shoes, and the tendency to end all statements with an upward inflection. Though highly contagious, it is swiftly remedied with a teaspoon of confidence, a dash of humility and a swig of Dutch courage, alas minus the Dutch (save that for after class).