Identify the sources of stress in your life

Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. While it’s easy to identify major stressors such as changing jobs, moving, or a going through a divorce, pinpointing the sources of chronic stress can be more complicated. It’s all too easy to overlook how your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors contribute to your everyday stress levels. Sure, you may know that you’re constantly worried about work deadlines, but maybe it’s your procrastination, rather than the actual job demands, that is causing the stress.

Get support.

Smart people always have a support team to help them withstand overwhelming obstacles in their career. Coaches, counselors, and even a trusted colleague can help you stay on track.

Don't allow worry to distract you from your task.

Worry is thinking about something over and over that probably won't happen.

Pinpoint and address Your Major Stressors

Your stress is based on your thoughts and emotions. Ask yourself what am I thinking that perpetuates my stress. Ask these 3 questions:

What am I afraid of and is this fear reasonable?
Am I really going to lose my job? Lose that client? Am I really going to miss that deadline? Am I really going to lose that hearing? Do I really "not" know what I am doing?
Have I identified the right questions, have I used my lawyer skills to combat those thoughts. Cross-examine yourself, require evidence, evaluate the merits

Don't fall into Office Politics

Competition and office politics are a needless pitfall and a useless habit that drains your energy and causes stress. Of course, there are difficult and competitive people there are partners, colleagues, support staff and the entire hierarchy of the firm can be contentious. Focus on your own career, do your best, and you will rise to the top. Avoid gossip at all costs!

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