3 Tactics to Conquer Stress Before It Overpowers You

Friso van Deursen, The Legal Coach
Mar 04, 2024By Friso van Deursen, The Legal Coach

As an experienced lawyer, you very well know with the constant pressures of the profession. Tight deadlines, an endless stream of emails, and that persistent tension coiling around your chest—these challenges are all too familiar. Simply ignoring the stress that comes with these obstacles isn't an option; if neglected, it can transform into a significant threat, reducing your efficiency at work, affecting your health and straining your relationships.

So, what's the strategy for dealing with it? Here are three effective tactics to manage stress and regain your sense of calm:

1. Acknowledge Your Stress.

Pretending the stress doesn't exist only makes matters worse. Recognizing that you're experiencing stress is the first step towards managing it effectively.

2. Prioritize Your Well-being.

Your physical health is just as important as your mental clarity. Instead of reaching for an extra shot of caffeine, focus on nourishing meals, restful sleep, regular exercise, and taking short brakes. Whether it's going for a brisk walk, enjoying a bike ride, or engaging in some stretches, physical activity is key to improving your overall well-being.

3. Speak Up.

Keeping your stress to yourself is destructive. It's crucial to find a supportive environment where you can express your concerns. Whether it's a conversation with a trusted colleague, your partner, or a coach, sharing your thoughts can help you find clarity, relieve stress, and develop effective coping strategies.

As an experienced coach for senior lawyers, I've observed the remarkable effects of proactive stress management. Toxic stress doesn't have to be an inevitable part of your career. With the right approaches and support, you can take charge of stress, ensuring you not only survive but excel in every area of your life.

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