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Choosing “matter over mind” by staying psychically healthy while practicing law – “Health Matters”

Jun 15, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Katlyn Haynes

Healthy eating

It is well known that attorneys are not the best professionals at maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Most of us eat, sleep, and breathe our work in order to get the best results for our clients. Though admirable, attorneys must also focus on their own physical wellbeing to ensure they can continue to serve clients. Staying healthy is often easier said than done, but below are three tips you can implement this week to help the process.

  • Meal Prep

One of the best practices I started a few years ago was blocking off Sunday afternoon in my calendar. That time became an oftentimes messy attempt to meal prep. I would purchase any items I was missing and spend the rest of my afternoon in the kitchen, cooking and organizing meals for the week. Meal prepping isn’t exactly novel, but the simple practice helped me to relax so much more during the week. I no longer had to wake up early to make sure I could throw together a lunch or be ticked when I opened my lunchbox and realized I had forgotten the bread for my sandwich – ugh. Instead, having my meals laid out, and on my best weeks even labeled, helped me to save the morning for more relaxing practices, like meditating. Additionally, meal prepped meals have been proven healthier than “quick meals” on average. By making my meals on Sunday, I am guaranteeing healthy choices for at least five meals during the week, which is more than I get for some weeks. With so many resources available online (hello, Pinterest) meal prepping does not have to mean the same meal every day. You can switch things up and still get the proper nutrition your body needs to serve your clients.

  • Meditate

As mentioned above, another practice you can implement to stay healthy is to meditate. Meditation sometimes gets a bad rap, as an “odd” practice that mainstream tends to stay away from. However, most people could benefit from the act of meditation – whether it is acted upon as prayer, a moment of silence or even listening to a guided podcast. There is no one right way to “meditate” so trying different options until you find the best one for you can be beneficial. The simple act of calming your spirit and listening to your body while aware of your surroundings can reduce anxiety, while greatly improving focus and productivity. Meditation does not have to be done for a long period of time. Even those couple of minutes you may save in the morning from meal prepping can be greatly utilized to prepare for your day mentally and physically.

  • Rest and Restore

One of the most important tips for staying healthy is knowing when to rest and restore. No matter how hard you push yourself, eventually your body will give out on you if you do not take care of it. Staying in tune to your body’s needs can help you prevent the catastrophe that follows a breakdown. Taking time to relax looks different for everyone. Some people like to hit the gym and run a few miles and other people have to grab some ice cream. As a temporary fix when things get too crazy, going outside and recognizing your surroundings, can help recharge you for the next round. Either way, it is important to listen to your body and know when you are about to hit your limit. Practicing law is a demanding profession and naturally your mind and body need to recharge every once in a while. However that works for you, use the down time to stay focused when it is “go time” again.

In order to serve our clients in the best capacity, it is important to remember that you are a person too. Your body cannot go forever and sometimes even changing a few little things can have tremendous effects.

Topics: For Contract Attorneys

Katlyn Haynes

Written by Katlyn Haynes

Katlyn Haynes is a solo practitioner opening a virtual law firm focusing on contracts for millennial small business owners. She attended South Texas College of Law Houston and enjoys traveling in her spare time.