WBI Weekly Digest

Take a Break!

Spring Break and the Benefits of a Vacation

While many of us want to use this week to get ahead and volunteer, it is important that we use this time to relax and reenergize. Taking time off for a vacation has incredible health benefits, such as stress reduction, heart disease prevention, improved productivity, and better sleep. While we live in a world and work in a career that is constantly racing each other, take some time now and later in life for yourself and enjoy a vacation.


We are looking for new board members to join our WBI Braintrust. Here you will handle the administrative duties, like recruitment, and work with our Sub-Committees to advance our goals and advocate our students concerns to the Law School Administration. We encourage as many people to apply and also join our sub-committees to advocate for well-being.

All you have to do is apply with a personal statement (100 word limit). 

Elections will be held 03/14-03/18.

Apply Here!

Lunch with Leaders

Our very own, Sarani Millican will be the speaker at Lunch with Leaders on March 4th, 2022 @ 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Lunch with Leaders is a series that connects the University of Minnesota community with U of M alumni and staff enacting leadership out in the world. In-Person at Bruininks Hall or on Zoom.

Register Here


NAMI Connections Support Group for Law Students at Mondale Hall is CANCELED tonight (March 2nd). The program will resume on March 16th. 

For those interested in another way to receive peer support this week, please take a look at this list of NAMI Connection groups occurring throughout the greater Twin Cities area! Groups are offered both in person and online. 

Academic and Physical

Get ahead but mostly enjoy break and relax!

Song of the Week

Vacation - Dirty Heads

Advice Column

This week feels heavy. Deadlines are hanging above my head. There is suffocating stress from external events and health concerns. And the light of Spring Break feels like it is teasing me. Here are three stress relieving tactic I have been relying on, perhaps they can help you too.

Slow down

I find that when I am stressed, I try to push through all of my duties as fast and I can. I talk faster and my mind races. Each moment blends together and I feel like I do not have enough time to do everything that I have committed to. It feels overwhelming. When I am able to notice this, I tell myself to SLOW DOWN. To do this I try to slow everything down- such as talking, breathing, moving, reading, writing. This is hard for me to do when I am in the middle of overwhelming stress, but it is helpful.

Get in this moment

This is related to number one, but it is separate. When you are stressed do you feel floaty and dissociative? I do. My brain sometimes disconnects from the present moment and goes on its own solo adventure. That doesn’t help me deal with the stress or workload, so instead I instruct myself to get back in this movement. To do this I find grounding techniques can help, like square breathing, five senses, and mindful tasks.

Square Breathing- A quick breathing technique.

Five Senses- A mindfulness grounding technique

Eat the Frog- Prioritize what is the most important task and aim to do that.

Move your body

When I am stressed one of the first things, I start ignoring is my workout routine. The discomfort and time commitment tend to be low on my priority list. I’d rather watch Criminal Minds or TikTok.

Yet, moving my body is a way to challenge my stress response and reset. So, when I am able to pull myself up and out of a slump, a workout tends to be helpful. Some of my favorites as a long walk, yoga YouTube videos, dancing, or workout games on the Switch. Variety works the best for me.

Sierra Grandy is a 1L with a passion for mental health and psychology. She likes to research productivity and positive psychology tricks in the little free time she has. She is honored to bring that research to you. Please fill out the Google form below or email [log in to unmask] if you seek *advice, resources, expanded explanations, or have a comment/ question. Law school is tough. You are not alone! (*not legal or medical advice)

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NAMI Connections Group for University of Minnesota Law Students

The NAMI Connection group offers peer-led support for law students living with mental health disorders who attend the University of Minnesota Law School. 

NAMI Connection is a recovery support group for adults with a mental illness regardless of their diagnosis. This group is offered free of charge and is led by trained individuals who are also in recovery – people who understand the challenges folks with mental illness face. 

This is a hybrid model. You can join in-person or via Zoom. 

There is a 20 person limit. We still have plenty of room!

No need to register – simply show up!

Who: UMN law students living with mental illness

What: Peer-led support group!

When: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month; 5-6:30pm (CANCELED MARCH 2ND)

Where: Mondale Hall Room 475 

This group is completely confidential. It is not therapy. 

Click here to see other NAMI Connection Groups offered in Minnesota. 

"Character and Fitness" Wellness Group

Let’s Talk 

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Boynton Mental Health

Looking for a Therapist? 

Learn about the various types of mental health professionals and types of treatments available. 

Psychology Today Find a Therapist Search Tool

Fast Tracker 

Crisis Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

Sand Creek 24/7 Phone Counseling 

Community Spaces - NEW! 

Community Spaces is a new initiative at the law school! It is for anyone who is interested in getting together with other Minnesota Law students and building community.

Third Thursday of the Month from 12:15-1:15pm in Room 3 


Third Friday of the Month from 12:15-1:15pm Virtually (https://z.umn.edu/communityspaces

Dates: March 17th & 18th; April 21st & 22nd

WBI has created a Resources Page on our website where law students can always go to find support.

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