Authored By: Candace Whitman
The daily life of a lawyer is busy and packed full, but it is still important to make a conscious effort to practice self-care. Living a healthy life can help you avoid the burn-out and health consequences that can come along with the legal profession. Stephanie Gallagher gives a few simple tips that can help lawyers improve their physical and mental health throughout their work day in her article for FindLaw.
Sitting down at a desk, staring at a computer for a prolonged amount of time can cause a variety of health problems. Gallagher suggests purchasing a standing desk for your office. A standing desk is a great way to burn some calories while you are working and avoid the sleepy, sluggish feeling you may get from prolonged sitting. If a standing desk is not a good option for your lifestyle, you could also consider a balance ball chair. This type of chairs allows you to still sit comfortably, but it requires more focus and stability to retain proper posture.
It is also extremely important to drink the recommended amount of water every day. This can often improve the way you feel mentally and physically. If you are someone who gets so busy that you forget to drink water throughout the day, Gallagher recommends setting reminders for yourself to drink water. You can do this on your phone, smartwatch, or computer. There are also companies that make water bottles that monitor your water intake and blink periodically if you have not been drinking enough.
If you ever get overwhelmed and stressed at work, don’t be afraid to take a short break to breathe deeply or take a walk outside. Taking the time to get some fresh air and calm yourself down can increase your productivity and quality of life. Your work will still be there when you get back, and you will be refreshed and ready to conquer it.
A healthy lawyer is a more productive and successful lawyer. Making small modifications to your everyday work life can have a positive impact on your professional and personal life. To read more tips from Stephanie Gallagher, click here.
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