About this time of an especially tumultuous election year, it is worth slowing down and focusing on wellness and self-care. More often these days, lawyers are taking time out of their busy schedules to address their own health and wellness. I recently joined a yoga class at my community education center in Roseville, and to my surprise, I have found it helpful in relieving stress, reminding me to breathe correctly, and reducing tension. True, as a beginner, I am not able to do all of the poses correctly, but I am enjoying the opportunity to slow down at the end of a long day and meditate.
As one yoga expert, Chrissy Carter, notes, “Yoga increases concentration, strengthens muscles, dials down stress, and can give you better posture.” Not surprisingly then, other lawyers are finding similar benefits of yoga. The photo accompanying this blog is of a recent late afternoon yoga session at Arthur Chapman. This is exactly the type of healthy lifestyle activity we as lawyers need to keep our sanity.
HCBA President-elect Thad Lightfoot and I recently attended a national conference for metro bar associations, and one of the primary themes for member value for local bar associations is to encourage good mental and physical health. Here at the HCBA this can be accomplished by participating in a hobby with others in a club (such as biking, photography, travel, etc.).
You can also attend a luncheon CLE in a section or committee. Interacting with others who practice in the same area of the law frequently helps to reduce stress and anxiety in one’s practice and personal life. The issues you are facing in your practice are very similar to those of others who practice in the same area or field, and a suggestion or observation about how someone else handles a problem client or a legal issue can go a long way in reducing stress in your life.
It is good to remember that we are all in this profession together, and taking time to focus daily on healthy habits and your own wellness and the wellness of those you work with can go a long way in making practicing law at least doable, if not downright enjoyable.
From your president, Paul (enjoying the Mountain Pose or “Tadasana”!)