Burnout is one of the more common catastrophes that occur in high stress legal jobs, whether that be in a large firm or a solo practice. The key to avoiding burnout is to recognize the warning signs and be prepared to address them before burnout sets in. Here is a recent article on avoiding burnout from GPSolo Magazine. If you are currently experiencing the initial signs of burnout, or feel like you are in the midst of it, please call LCL (or your local Lawyers Assistance Program) to talk with one of our clinicians today.
Shawn Healy, PhD
As I write this blog entry, I am thinking about what words to use next in order to express my intended message in the most succinct way possible. When I feel that my choice of words is successful, I feel good. I then want to write more with the hopes of repeating that experience. However, when I stumble over the words or it seems like I am hitting a barrier, I feel discomfort. My first tendency is to stop writing (to end the discomfort) and shift my attention to something else, something more pleasurable (email, coffee, the next thing on my to-do list, staring at the ceiling, etc.). This, by the way, is the recipe for procrastination. Continue reading »
What’s the secret to coming out of a crisis stronger than before? This all-important factor is often referred to as resilience. Resilience refers to the ability to respond to negative life events in a way that preserves and strengthens a person. Resilience is not a single characteristic but instead is the grand sum of all of your protective factors. Researchers often identify several elements that add to someone’s resilience (protective factors), as opposed to the risk factors that we all face in life that can potentially break us down. A person with more protective factors will fare better under stress or during a crisis than a person with fewer protective factors. Continue reading »