Authored By: Amanda Unterreiner
Personal injury lawyers are often working with people during the lowest point in their lives. Lawyers run a high risk of secondary trauma listening to so many tragic stories and interacting with traumatized people every day.
Personal injury attorneys have a difficult job with the lives of their clients resting on their shoulders and being in such an emotionally charged environment.
It is important for lawyers to take care of their own mental and emotional state. Attorney at Work gives a few tips to help deal with emotional trauma.
- Get a Therapist Right Away: Seeing a therapist can help you talk through all the cases that could be impacting you mentally and help you address the trauma.
- Take a Break: Take a day or an afternoon off. You can use this time to distress with activities such as exercising, meditating, or simply taking time to remove yourself from the work that is emotionally draining you.
- Take Your Emotion and Turn it into Action Outside of Work: Whatever the types of cases that are weighing most heavily on you, you can use your free time outside of work to help people dealing with those same issues. If domestic violence cases are tough on you, find an organization in your community that helps victims to volunteer at or support in other ways.
Your emotional state is important, not only for your own sake, but also for the sake of your clients. Dealing with so much trauma on a daily basis can be hard, so it is important to make sure that you are in an environment that is good for you and that you are taking care of yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically.
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