Authored By: Amanda Unterreiner
Being a lawyer can be a draining job, especially taking on such sad and catastrophic cases as a PI lawyer. Not to mention, the state the world is in can put anyone in a negative mental state—constant negativity on the news, less social interactions, health risks everywhere you go, etc.
It is important to focus on your mental health. Especially taking on cases that are so meaningful to people’s lives, you want to make it a priority. Here are some tips for the “unhappy lawyer” from AttorneyAtWork.
Exercise outside with a friend or family member.
This first tip has three parts that can leave you feeling happier and less stressed. Exercising and getting moving, even if it is just a walk around the block, causes a release of endorphins which helps increase your mood and lower stress. Getting outside can also lower stress and anxiety while giving you a feeling of calm. Spending time with people we care about helps to increase mental strength and flexibility. Go for a walk, hike, or bike ride outside with a friend, co-worker, neighbor, or family member.
Limit your news intake.
While it is good to stay up to date on current events, a constant intake of all the negativity in the news can be upsetting. Limit the amount of time you spend scrolling news websites or social media, and don’t leave the news on your TV all day. Make sure you take time to read positive stories and watch things that make you feel good.
Focus on little things.
There are a lot of things that are out of our control, and that can be stressful. Focus on the things that you can control. If you are feeling stressed, take care of things that you are fully in control of. Focus on the decisions you get to make, even if that is what time you wake up in the morning, what you have for lunch, or when you eat dinner and watch TV after work. Focus on the good moments—even a smile from a stranger or a simple compliment can make us feel better. Write down things you are thankful for and words of encouragement from others or for yourself.
Check out the full article here to read more tips to help boost your mood and mental health.
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