Five top tips: Dealing with stress
1. Think about what might be wrong
Research by The Association for Psychological Science has found that there are at least three different types of stress – overload, lack of development and neglect. By identifying which type you may have, you’ll be able to implement an effective coping strategy that works for you.
2. Take control
In his recent report, Lawyering with Purpose, Paul Gilbert recommends using your voice to advocate for a better and more sustainable working environment – for both you and your colleagues. This doesn’t necessarily mean changing the way you work, “it is about consciously deciding that the way we work now is something over which we have some control.”
3. Get your 8 hours
Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker believes we are in the midst of a “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic” – which has powerful links to poor mental health and burnout. Walker believes we need to destigmatise the lazy connotations associated with sleep and acknowledge its importance for our wellbeing.
4. Prioritise downtime
While it can be difficult to create a clean separation between work and play, it’s important that you know how to switch off. 99u reports that exercise, fulfilling social activities and unpaid voluntary work are all restorative activities that are linked to effective psychological detachment from work.
5. Know that you’re not alone
Everyone feels stressed sometimes. After writing an article about coping with burnout, the New York Times received an overwhelming response, with hundreds of readers sharing their advice and experiences. Read some of their top tips here.
This month, LOD co-founder Simon Harper and Bowmark Capital partner Tom Shelford spoke to Legal Week about the future of LOD. Read the full article here.
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