In the busy world of being a lawyer, it’s become increasingly important to be more proactive in taking care of yourself and your mental well being. As it’s International Be Kind to Lawyers Day, and because we’re a caring bunch over here at Simply Law Jobs, we’ve compiled our top 7 quick ways on how to be kind to yourself today… and everyday!
Listen to your body
Practising law is one of the most stressful jobs on the planet so if you’re feeling overwhelmed, stop and listen to your body. Only you will truly understand how your body works and functions. Why not try some daily relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation? A simple 10 minutes at home everyday can have a significant effect on your mental and physical health by relieving stress and strengthening your immune system.
Let it out
Working as a lawyer will often bring you in direct contact with highly emotional and distressing situations. Take the time to process how work makes you feel rather than bottling it all up.
Simply writing your feelings down in a journal is a great outlet for processing emotions and increasing self awareness. By putting your thoughts onto paper, you’re calling your wandering mind to engage with your thoughts. Thus, past frustrations and future anxieties are lost in the present moment and mindfulness is achieved.
Have a little fun
While your working hours will often be tiring, challenging and stressful, there’s still time for a little fun in every single day. Whether your idea of fun is a glass of wine after work, playing with your kids or simply watching your favourite comedy, it’s true what they say – laughter is the best medicine.
Laughing is one of the most effective things you can do to reboot your energy and optimism towards life. Laughter is that good, it’s even been proven to be good for your health by strengthening your immune system and protecting you from the damaging effects of stress.
Give to others
Hey, isn’t it my day? Yes, it is International Be Kind to Lawyers Day, but studies have shown that giving makes us far happier than receiving. So, in a strange twist of fate, you’re actually being selfish and selfless by giving to others.
The act of giving activates a region in the brain associated with pleasure, social connection and trust which thus creates a ‘warm glow’ effect. Scientists also believe that altruistic behaviour releases endorphins in the brain and produces the positive feeling known as the ‘helpers high.’
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
Take the time to congratulate yourself
In a hectic working world, you can be so far swept up in the present that you can’t even see how far you’ve come. Take the time to reflect and congratulate yourself for everything you’ve achieved – for earning that degree, for spending 3 years at law school, for working those long hours and for making a difference in people’s lives.
By having positive feelings towards yourself and your accomplishments, you’ll ultimately feel better, stronger and more positive about your future goals.
Appreciate the people in your life
After years of working long days and cancelling plans, these can eventually take their toll on the relationships around you. In fact, the divorce rate among lawyers, in particular women, are higher than that of any other profession.
That being said, take a little time every day to appreciate the people in your life. Even simple acts such as washing up after dinner, a big hug or calling to say you love them (Hey, if it’s good enough for Stevie Wonder) can make a big difference.
“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges, they are choices” Robert Braathe
Nourish your body
Staying healthy as a busy lawyer isn’t easy. However, while it’s difficult, it’s not impossible to take care of your body as long as you’re organised.
Even if you’re eating at erratic times, have your healthy meals and snacks prepared in advance. Criminal Defence Attorney, Josh Camson said, “I’m practically a squirrel” due to the amount of healthy snacks he had stashed in his office, briefcase and car.
By maintaining a balanced diet, you’ll have higher energy levels, be able to think clearer and ultimately be more productive in and out of the office.
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” Tommy Lasorda
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