For attorneys, focusing on self-care and wellness isn’t being selfish. It’s necessary.
Let’s face it, lawyering is difficult. We all have days where it feels as though the ground beneath us is about to give and we’re spiraling out of control. When you feel this way, what coping mechanism do you use to feel grounded again? Practicing mindfulness allows us to pause, reflect, and respond from a place of calm rather than reacting.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that practicing mindfulness is good for you. It helps to decrease the impact of stress on your body, allows you to manage anxiety better, and lowers blood pressure and a host of stress-related psychosomatic symptoms. The list of what mindfulness can do seems to be growing daily.
As I tour around the country, traveling to dozens of cities, giving talks, having one-on-one meetings with lawyers, and engaging in honest dialogue about life as a lawyer, one common theme I see is this: too many of us are living a dream that wasn’t meant for us.
Ever feel completely paralyzed by overanalysis? Having the same, worried, repetitive, unhelpful, unproductive thoughts, over and over again? This is one of the biggest
There’s a nagging voice inside that keeps saying, “I am really unhappy. I need a change.” But you feel stuck. You think about quitting
Laura Mahr is the founder of Conscious Legal Minds LLC, providing mindfulness and neuroscience-based coaching, training, and consulting for attorneys and law offices nationwide. I had
Here’s what I know — life is short. Yes, I realize that’s a bit of a cliché to say it but you have this one life and one opportunity to fulfill your potential. Career transitions are rarely easy and the one piece of key advice I’d like to offer is to be kind to yourself as you move through the stages.
As lawyers, we identify so much of who we are with what we do. Therefore, it’s difficult to think about a career change because it can feel as though we’re losing a part of our identity.
Here’s the thing. Your clients and your firm will never tell you — you’ve been working too much. Why don’t you take a day off? It is up to each and every one of us to know ourselves well enough to say, I need a day off.