HOW DO LAWYERS RELAX? GUIDANCE AND LINKS: FIND MUGGLES, START SEWING AND DISCONNECT FROM YOUR WORK

This post follows a tweet I received earlier this evening, from “Bunglingbarrister”

“Even when I’m not doing work I still think about it often. I don’t think it is healthy to never allow your brain to switch off. How do you go about it? P.s. don’t say booze, that helps, but only in the short term.”

 

That led me to look at guidance (primarily from the United States) in relation to the importance of lawyers “switching off” and guides on how to do this.  Having looked at them (and being a blogger who is obviously unable to switch off) I decided to share them.

“Many people talk about the importance of spending time on things that matter the most, but few of us take the steps that are necessary to make it happen. Letting go of these cherished productivity myths is a big step towards walking the talk. Although it is hard work, confronting the realities and taking control of your time and energy is well worth the effort. It will enable you to make your best contribution in your profession, and to live your best life. “

(5 Myths About Productivity For Lawyers. )

HOW DO LAWYERS RELAX ?

That led me to consider what guidance is available to lawyers on the subject.  The issue of “well being” is now becoming more central to legal work.

GUIDANCE OUT THERE

  “If legal folks are tiring you, then go find some Muggles to hang out with.  If Muggles exhaust you, then find more lawyers”

        “Lawyers Just Need To Have Fun”

    “Have an Outlet Outside of Work”

  • Smart Lawyer have something that is very relevant to this issue 5 Myths About Productivity For Lawyers. One myth is that “busy-ness is the same as being productive”.                                    “We all know someone who is addicted to busy-ness, who is always in motion but never seems to get anywhere. Being busy creates the illusion of control and        certainty. It gives the impression   that we are important and in demand”

   “Some of the happiest, most well-adjusted, and most effective people I know are also people who have a profound ability to disconnect from their work.

 

A BLOG DEDICATED TO THIS ISSUE

  • Jeena Cho has already been mentioned – she has a whole blog, and book, designed to prevent stress in lawyers. F

PODCASTS

The Lawyer Stress Solution has a  large number of podcasts dealing with the general issue of lawyers and stress.

WELLBEING AT THE BAR

Has a general website.  The one most central to the issues here are Staying Well