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Effective Stress Management for the Seriously Curious Attorney

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Action Planning

It is important to manage change and become more stress resilient.
Take action to make things better. How? Experiment with these ideas. Begin with one specific behavior change item. Then, commit over 21 consecutive days to record, measure and implement successful change.

How to Master Stress

Guidelines

Get Organized

Put important things first. This is the habit of self-   management. It involves organizing and managing time and events around personal priorities. Develop  clear values and a sense of purpose.

Rehearse

Being prepared reduces stress. When you’re facing     a situation that you know will be stressful to you, rehearse it mentally or with a friend. Anticipate what  might occur and plan your response.

Do It Now

Procrastination breeds stress! Do your most difficult task at the beginning of the day when you’re fresh; avoid the stress of dreading it all day.

Put Perfectionism in its Proper Place

Perfectionism is often a poor use of time. Not everything requires perfection. High priority items require more perfection than low priority items. By demanding perfection of yourself and others, you may be wasting time in unnecessary effort.

Change Attitudes

Think of stressful situations as a challenge to your creative thinking, rather than looking at them as insurmountable problems. Generate solutions.

Learn to Say “No”

Say “no” when your schedule is full: to responsibilities that aren’t yours; to emotional demands that leave you feeling exhausted; to other people’s problems that you don’t have the power to solve.

Take Care of your Body

You will have more energy and become stress hardy when you eat a balanced diet, get sufficient sleep and exercise regularly.

Optimistic Self-Talk

Use positive self-reinforcement: “I can handle this one step at a time”, instead of frightening or depressing yourself by coming up with reasons why you can’t cope.

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