Lawyers and law professionals and awareness of their mental states are a significant part of practicing in the legal field. We at Orlando Thrive would say that of the lawyers we have seen, common stressors are balancing work and life for lawyers as well maintaining boundaries and reducing burnout. If you are in the legal profession and looking for ways to maintain your overall mental health then you came to the right blog! Career and individual mental health counselors have crafted techniques for you to overcome your work-life balance and management of stress.
Practicing law with a healthy mindset is key to having a long successful and prosperous career. It is not just about servicing clients and getting great reviews. You put your time in to earn your degree and your stature as a legal professional - you don’t want to lose sight of that. Practicing law can lead to burnout and when it comes to lawyers, burnout tends to be higher on the scale of mental stressors. So the question career counselors in Orlando can address for you is this - how can lawyers avoid feeling burned out in their career field? Start off with making a list as to why you became a lawyer. This career field wasn’t assigned to you because you chose to work in it. Now think back to what led you to want to work in this field. Can you still imagine what those feelings and thoughts are or are they preceded by what the next day of work is going to bring or a deadline you have coming up. If so, then perhaps you may be feeling the start of burnout, and if this is the case you need to be able to take some personal time for yourself.
Burnout can be avoided but only if you put the effort in to not have it become more than it already is. It is one of the leading mental health stressors for lawyers but certainly not the only one. Boundaries with work and clients, work addiction, and generalized anxiety are all prevalent. In an effort to avoid this, having strong self-care routines, time for yourself, and focusing on being in the present moment can lead to a much more fulfilling career and everyday feeling just as that first day out of law school did! Crafting boundaries can be difficult, talking to an anxiety counselor in Orlando at Orlando Thrive can help you prioritize and schedule your self-care, accountability is key!
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Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.