It’s August and the pandemic is still going. Here in San Diego, we can’t get a hair cut again, we can only eat out on a patio in sweltering heat, our gyms are closed, and school is about to start via dreaded distance learning again. With all this, it’s hard to stay upbeat and focused.
I have heard a great many of my colleagues getting depressed and overwhelmed with the lack of work or crushing work loads, missed social opportunities and the desire to have things “back to normal” again. Vast number of parents are cringing as they grapple with having to work and fit in their new part time job of assisting their kids navigate the distance learning schedules and platforms again.
The pandemic situation is not going away any time soon as we had hoped. This means that we need to find ways to keep our minds and bodies healthy and productive. The best way to do this is to force yourself to make time for you. Get up a little early or go out after the sunset and get that walk or work out in. Go on a bike ride with your kids. Treat yourself to that special Starbucks drink. Read something that you actually enjoy. Get on YouTube and do a destressing yoga session. Go to a drive-in movie with the family or start a new hobby. Whatever you enjoy, try and do a little something for yourself each day. Even if you just carve out 5 minutes for a stretch or mindful meditation session, it all helps.
Remember, what we do for a career is not all we are. We are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, partners, friends and so much more to so many. In order to be all this, we must take care of ourselves too.
If you would like to keep up and just chat with fellow colleagues, you can now do so on the newly launched Solo Small Firm online community found on the landing page of the California Lawyers Association website. We would love to hear who you are, what you are doing to keep yourself happy and healthy and what we can do for you. Stay well. Remember #WeAreSSF
Sabrina Green, Esq.
Chair, Solo and Small Firm Section