It’s been almost a year since much of the world was locked down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a difficult transition for many of us. We now have to deal with virtual schooling, remote working, constant child care and lack of human interaction. Juggling all of this means that occasionally we either forget to prioritize our sanity or just don’t have the time to do it. To make your mental health journey a little easier for you, we’ve rounded up key mental health insights from the ACLEA semi-annual meeting.
Gradually introduce self-care into your routine. Trying to figure out where to start your mental health journey can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead of tackling everything at once, lawyer and coach Paul J. Unger recommends creating an action plan and starting new self-care routines weekly. For example, in week 1, try to focus on improving your sleep: go to bed at the same time each day, create a bedtime routine, try not to use screens in bed, etc. During the second week, wait keep up your new sleeping habits, but try to incorporate another self-care routine, e.g. B. Meditate for 15 minutes a day. These action plans can be specific to you and you should create them to fit your current lifestyle and focus on the self care items that you want to work on.
Plan something to look forward to. Nowadays it is difficult (and ill-advised) to plan something as big as a vacation or a get-together with friends and family, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan anything else to look forward to. You can schedule a home date for you and your partner, or schedule a picnic for yourself at a local park with your favorite food. Whatever your plan to have something to look forward to will lead to positive anticipation that will counteract boredom and reduce depression and anxiety.
Get regular exercise. Exercise to reduce anxiety and depression is not a new concept, but it can be difficult to buy time for while we juggle our other chores and try to stay home as much as possible. Regardless, a 10 to 15 minute daily exercise can release endorphins, reduce negative thoughts, and help you gain confidence. If you can’t go to a gym, or if you are uncomfortable running or walking, do some mat exercises at home like yoga or pilates.
Plan your whole week. Schedule the same day each week for the next seven days. This will help you better manage your time and avoid distractions during the week. It also allows you to tidy up your work area, review all upcoming tasks and deadlines, and focus on goals that can help reduce anxiety and overwhelming feelings during the week.
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