Sep 12

Anxiety lives in the future. It cannot exist in the present moment. If something bad is happening in the present moment, you might not like it, but you are not anxious about it. Anxiety requires the ambiguity of the future. The never-ending “what if” questions. You cannot ask “what if” questions about what has already happened, or what is currently happening. Anxiety thrives in the unknown. Continue reading »

Aug 16

In recent months, there has been an increase in the discussions of the high rates of substance abuse and mental health issues burdening lawyers, rates much higher than the general population. A recent study has confirmed what many of us have known for many years, that lawyers are at greater risk of alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety, and stress due to the unique factors found working in the legal field. Now, in addition to the important conversations occurring across the country, the ABA has published a press release on a new comprehensive report from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being that offers practical recommendations. No matter what area or institution of law you work in, this report offers recommendations that promote lawyer and law student well-being.

 

Shawn Healy, PhD

 

Jul 25

We all have times in our lives when things feel chaotic; when it feels like everything that is important in our lives is outside of our control and we cannot improve our plight. The typical reaction to this situation is to exert more effort directed at changing things that are outside of our control, followed by an increase in our stress. Obviously, this is an ineffective strategy, yet it is one that we almost instinctively attempt. So instead of running on that hamster wheel, what else can you do? Continue reading »

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