Authored By: Amanda Unterreiner
The job of a plaintiff attorney is challenging in many ways, but especially mentally. Lawyers are compassionate and take on emotionally taxing cases in which their clients have suffered from a tragic and traumatic event. While these cases are rewarding, they can be mentally exhausting. Attorney at Work calls this “Compassion Fatigue.”
Taking on these cases is very important, but it is also important to take care of yourself along the way. It is essential to take time to relax and recharge for your own personal well-being and so that you have a clear head to do the best work for your clients. Attorney at Work gives a few tips for preventing compassion fatigue.
- More/longer vacations: While it is very understandable to want to work as hard and long as possible because you care about what you do and care about your clients that are counting on you, you need time to recharge. Make the time to take vacations longer than just a weekend trip, and try not to work while you are off.
- Healthy habits/routines: It can be difficult for lawyers to have a routine, but it is best to establish healthy habits. Stress can take a toll on your body, so make sure you get good nutrition, sleep, and exercise.
- Interests outside of your career: Find something that is not stressful that brings you joy, whether it’s participating in a hobby or club, getting outside, or joining a group in your community. Finding things outside of work gives you time to get your mind off your cases and out of a stressful mindset.
The work that plaintiff attorneys do is so valuable as they are fighting for justice every day. As a lawyer, remember to take care of yourself and avoid compassion fatigue.
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