How To De-Stress And Find Balance As A Busy Lawyer

By Aebra Coe (January 17, 2017, 4:43 PM EST) -- Tackling stress as an attorney may feel like a losing proposition given the profession's high-stakes, high-pressure work and long hours, but experts say there are feasible, pragmatic ways even the most tightly wound lawyers can step back.

The first step to diminishing stress, according to Robin Belleau, the executive director of the Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program, is admitting that it needs to be done, something she says isn't a given in the world of law, where highly competitive professionals feed off each other's energy in a fast-paced, sometimes cutthroat environment.

"Lawyers sometimes really see stress as a badge of honor. If...

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