THE STRESSES OF LAW PRACTICE
Arguing for a living is not exactly relaxing. Every day, we immerse ourselves in conflict and competition. We work long hours and, thanks to our mobile phones, we're on call 24/7. Our clients expect outstanding results, with almost no margin for error.
These pressures take a serious toll. Lawyers are 3.6 times as likely to suffer from depression as non-lawyers and twice as likely to abuse drugs or alcohol. Stress, anxiety, and burnout are enormous problems in the profession. Many lawyers struggle to stay engaged with their jobs and satisfied with their lives.
HOW MINDFULNESS CAN HELP
Mindfulness offers an alternative to our habits of worry, anxiety, and frustration. Derived from ancient meditation methods and validated by modern science, it is a simple mental practice that introduces a calmer, more satisfying mode of being. Its benefits include:
Reduced stress and anxiety
Greater emotional resilience
Better decision making
Enhanced interpersonal skills
Law firms that offer mindfulness training can expect:
Reduced burnout and turnover
Greater efficiency and productivity
Happier, healthier lawyers
Mindfulness produces remarkable changes in a short time, and the benefits continue to deepen with practice.