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Godfrey Y. Muwonge on Attorney Stress Management

How can you manage a high-stress career?

Godfrey Y Muwonge
Godfrey Y Muwonge

Everyone deals with stress from time to time. However, some of us experience chronic stress as a result of our profession. Although stress and burnout are common issues for individuals today, some occupations are more predisposed to experience it, such as lawyers, nurses, and doctors. Lawyers face stressful challenges as the work they do can be life-changing for their clients. Even if stress can’t be avoided, there are some ways that you can manage the pressures of being an attorney. 

Why Are Lawyers So Stressed?

Depending on the type of law or cases you regularly take on, you may be dealing with highly emotional and impactful situations for your clients. Working with these people can lead to you experiencing second-hand emotions, which is not the best thing to do when you consistently take on new cases. Lawyers are much of the time required to work long hours, which is draining, especially if your time isn’t managed properly and optimized for personal time.

Tips For Stress Management:

While it can be necessary to spend an extra-long day at the office or in court sometimes, you should actively avoid regularly putting in 10-12 hour workdays. Make your health and wellbeing a priority and plan out your days with scheduled time for yourself. Take a moment at the end of each day to make a check-list or add the things you need to do to your calendar. When you can go into a workday knowing the high-priority tasks you need to complete, and when you will do them, your stress levels can be reduced. 

Setting a scheduled can help you to begin to make time for the things that make you happy and de-stress. Make the time to do your favorite hobby or meet up with family and friends. The dedicated time can help you unwind and can become something you look forward to during the week. Creating a schedule can also allow you to begin exercising and doing so regularly. Keeping fit and active is a great way to help you reduce the stress you feel. Another tip is always to utilize support when you need it. The best leaders can recognize when they need help and when they should delegate tasks. Make it a point to know your limits and plan accordingly. 

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