Well-Being & Stress
The pressure in our legal profession to perform well and succeed can be immense. It drives many of us to work long hours, to overcommit our time, and to make ourselves available around the clock. Our body’s natural response to stress can help prepare us to perform well and meet daily challenges at work and at home. However, sometimes we may experience significant stress that becomes harmful to our well-being. We might have trouble staying engaged at work. We may start to notice physical symptoms such as insomnia, headaches, tight muscles, or digestive issues. We may have difficulty concentrating or making decisions; our lives may feel out of control; our social connections may feel strained; we may isolate ourselves from others; and/or we may feel alone. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed by stress, OAAP attorney counselors can help. We can help you explore ways to reduce your stress, manage your time, and achieve a healthier work-life balance. If needed, we can also provide referrals to other health professionals to make sure you get the help you need. Your call is confidential.
- TEDTalk: “How To Make Stress Your Friend” by Dr. Kelly McGonigal
- “The Upside of Stress,” Dr. Kelly McGonigal, published 2015, Penguin Random LLC (available in paper or audiobook)
- YouTube: Meditation 101 – A Beginner’s Guide, by Dan Harris
- The Path To Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations For Positive Change
- OAAP Developing Healthy Habits Workshop (ask an OAAP attorney counselor)