Being a law professional is certainly not easy. After many years of college, internships and exams, comes more studying, networking, and preparing for just about anything in order to do what’s best for your client. Even though at Calling a Lawyer we strive to make your life and practice easier with the many tools we offer, we know that stress can be a part of your everyday life. Here are some tips on how to handle stress:
- Learn how to tolerate uncertainty: most of the stress we can experience comes from the things we cannot control. Intolerance of uncertainty makes people vulnerable to anxiety. “Realize your best strategy for dealing with the uncertainty is to accept it.”
- Face, don’t avoid, anxiety: The more you try to not feel anxious, the more anxious you get. Facing anxiety in the moment will lead to less anxiety over time. Additionally, commit to doing something every day that you enjoy and do it, to help cope with anxiety. If necessary, contact a mental health professional.
- Practice gratitude every day: gratitude is key to gaining a healthy perspective. It also helps to develop a positive state of mind, build resiliency, boost productivity, reduce depression and improve sleep.
- Connect with others, not work related: Ritter said lawyers are pre-disposed to feeling anxiety. “Our whole profession is about handling the biggest problem that some business or some person has”. Therefore, reaching out to friends or family can be very helpful, especially in these often isolating times.
- Learn to set boundaries: it’s easy to get consumed by work, even more so when everything is concentrated on our phones or computers within reach. Set limits and boundaries, and let your clients and colleagues know and expect it. For example: limit social media, the amount of emails you answer per day, screen time, etc.
- Take healthy breaks: “Four percent of your life is about one hour per day,” Ritter said. “I know very few attorneys who are giving themselves an hour of self-care a day. It’s not going to happen unless you put it on your calendar.”
There are a lot of tools we offer at Calling a Lawyer in order to make the stress of our profession and work more manageable and enjoyable. However, there are some things we would like to do for you, but unfortunately can’t. Managing stress and caring for your mental health is extremely important, for both you and your practice.