Well-Being Chapter Announcement 25

Jun,15 2020

By Geeta Thakerar, Co-Convenor, Well Being Chapter
In our last Announcement, we focused on Dignity and Respect and the impact on well-being. In this Announcement SCCA’s Well-Being Chapter wants to reflect on the Building Resilience against Bullying and Harassment and provide in house counsel with some hints and tips to approaches and adjustments that we will need to consider/make.
How to Remain Resilient?
Bullying and Harassment are behaviors often clubbed together. Both have some similar elements such as inter alia: continued systematic unwanted threats; sadistic pleasure; taking actions against a victim sometimes smaller and less powerful; leveraging the imbalance of power to cause hurt, fear, anxiety, emotional and psychological stress and depression; controlling and forcing victims to do things they do not necessarily want to do be it physical, relational, cyber, social media based or sexual.
Have you since being young been taught to handle these issues on your own? To “work it out" or "ignore it"?
Here are some common traits impacting well-being to look out for:
  • low self-esteem
  • lack of friends
  • physical signs lacking confidence
  • physical difficulties learning
  • physical differences. 
Some common behaviors include inter alia:
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • self-blame
  • social withdrawal
  • a sense of feeling helpless.  
Why is this relevant to legal professionals and their well-being? Well, recent data gathered by the International Bar Association survey from just under 7,000 legal professional respondents, indicate bullying is rife in the legal workplace and sexual harassment is also commonplace.
Building resilience
  • Speak up – do not suffer in silence – seek help and avoid avoidant behaviors
  • Reframe negative experiences – keep things in perspective – talk about the situation take positive learnings from the situation
  • Identify negative thoughts and immediately practice positive affirmations
  • Focus on the future to overcome difficult situations
  • Address the issues promptly do not struggle alone identify the problem statement and brainstorm possible solutions
  • Remove your self from the toxic environment/person
  • Nurture a healthy self-esteem seek to place your thoughts and feelings in a positive light practice and nurture positive thinking
  • Be in touch with your feelings and emotions and understand what triggers them – practice feelings management
  • Remember being resilient does not blot out difficulty and distress – hurt sadness, emotional pain are all common feelings. However, being resilient helps one to better cope with the situation

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