Be Proactive With Your Health
You know my focus here at the Law Practice Doctor. I’m as much concerned about your personal welfare as an individual, as I am about the overall success of your law practice.
I’ve spoken about the great amounts of stress that lawyers face, and the reasons behind it. It’s an all too common problem as you may know.
Does this sound familiar?
I was working 7 days a week, sacrificing sleep for 6:00am clients, emailing and blogging late into the night, viewing meals as productivity speed bumps and existing in a chronic state of stress. It was only a matter of time before I crashed – hard.
Lance Breger - Former attorney and now Coach and Founder of Executive Wellness.
I understand that it takes a lot of hard work, extra time and discipline to get a business off the ground and into a thriving state of being, but you must have balance. Lance ended up in the hospital.
There is no point in having a flourishing practice if you aren’t able to enjoy the benefits of it.
This means having the time and the health to do the other things in life that bring you joy, whatever that might be.
I like to belt out the Paint It Blue album in my basement, or take the family out for a weekend.
The point is, it can be easy to get so caught up in the pursuit of success that we forget to enjoy it. Or worse, we work so hard that the cost comes at the expense of our health and well-being.
The good news is, this can be avoided, and you can preserve your health with a bit of awareness and discipline.
The other good news, is it is as simple as starting a few new habits.
You’ve Got To Get Adequate Sleep
Your quality of sleep is going to affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.
Kind of important right?
It can’t be stressed enough that you need to do whatever it takes to preserve your health and get enough sleep. Check out this for some great tips and strategies on what you can do to take control of this aspect of your life.
Watch What You Eat
I know, I know, I said it was going to be simple. Well, conceptually it is. It’s only difficult in practice.
But, like good sleep, this is an area that can really have an effect on your health and success.
Eating correctly and getting the proper nutrition will not only help you stave off illnesses, large and small, but you will enjoy more energy and clarity of mind at your work.
You would literally pay for this as a service, but it is as simple as ensuring you are focusing on whole foods and cutting out the junk.
Nutrition is a complex study, but we all know what we should be avoiding. This is the best place to start and it really does begin at the grocery store.
If you don’t bring it home, it won’t make its way into your mouth.
Get The Oxygen Pumping
The third habit to implement, if you aren’t doing it already, is to have exercise and fitness as a regular part of your life.
Choosing something that you enjoy is going to make sure that you keep it up. You want it to be something that you look forward to each time.
If exercise isn’t something that you actively cultivate in your life, you can start with getting out for a daily walk.
You’ll be surprised how your state of energy will increase just doing this one simple activity.
Mind Your Back
Spending a lot of time at your office or in front of your computer can wreak havoc on your back and neck over the long haul.
Take the time to invest in ergonomically designed chairs, and make sure your desk is of the right height.
Taking short standing and walking breaks consistently will also go a long way to preserving your spinal health.
Take Time Off
And lastly, make sure that you are getting some time where you can’t engage with work at all.
Having a day, or hopefully two, where your mind is free will recharge your batteries and see you through the long years that comprise a successful law practice.
Being proactive is the key here like it is with many aspects of your success. Don’t wait until you actually crash and burn before you make changes.
Recognize your need for balance and intelligently design your lifestyle around this fact.
If you need that extra bit of motivation, think of all the money you will save by reducing your sick days!
Until next time!