THE CARE AND FEEDING OF LAWYERS: ADVICE FOR SELF-CARE
A woman walks a tightrope over a pool of boiling lava. A man finds himself inside a small chamber whose walls slowly close in on him. Vicious dogs chase someone on a treadmill, edging closer with each step.
These are not bad dreams or scenes from action movies. They are descriptions of lawyers expressing the stress they feel doing their jobs.
Many lawyers are extraordinarily stressed out. Granted, there is competition in every industry. But few people outside of the legal profession (besides professional athletes) have to face an opponent whose explicit aim is to undermine them. Add to that the pressure to get results for clients and the deadlines imposed by courts; it is small wonder that so many lawyers report feeling burnt out.