It is easy to put our health on the side so we can deal with what life throws at us: family duties, job stress, relationship troubles, and the list goes on. Often times we give up nutrition, sleep, and physical activity and place our energies on life’s demands.

Stress can change everything. Stress contributes to many illnesses such as heart disease, strokes, and high blood pressure. Stress contributes to the development of alcoholism and drug addiction, obesity, and other harmful behaviors.

Learning and practicing wellness can help us understand how everything is connected. When our bodies are stressed our digestion and immune system works less, we have faster blood clotting, increased blood sugar, increased cholesterol, and increased metabolism. Stress management is key so these health issues don’t occur all the time.

Related Resources

JLAP Related Publications:
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris
Lawyer Wellness Is NOT An Oxymoron: Why Tomorrow’s Top Lawyers Must Embrace Wellness Today-And What You Need to Do to Be One of Them, by Andy Clark
Suffering in Silence: The Survey of Law Student Well-Being and the Reluctance of Law Students to Seek Help for Substance Use and Mental Health Concerns, by Jerome M. Organ, David B. Jaffe, and Katherine M. Bender, Ph.D.
The Reflective Counselor: Daily Meditations for Lawyers, by F. Gregory Coffey and Maureen C. Kessler
Yoga for Lawyers: Mind-Body Techniques to Feel Better All the Time, by Hallie Neuman Love and Nathalie Martin

Louisiana Bar Journal Articles:
Feb/March 2020 – The Happy Lawyer
June/July 2019 – Self-Care For Lawyers & Judges
August/September 2018 – Self-Care and Toxic Clients
August/September 2015 – Taking Time to Play
April/May 2015 – Happy Lawyering
February/March 2015 – Mindfulness Reduces Stress
Read more LSBA articles >>

Related Web Links:
Guided Meditation and Mindfulness – Headspace App
Video – Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit
Mind Body Green
Mindfulness: A 60 Minutes Video Segment
Mindfulness for Lawyers
Quitting Smoking – Information, Assistance & Support
The Resilient Lawyer Podcast with Jeena Cho
The Young Attorney Balancing Act: How to Have a Career—and a Life by Victoria Santoro
Tiny Buddha
Wellness Booster Kit
Wellness in Recovery