Wellbeing Chapter Announcement 27

Aug,14 2020

By Geeta Thakerar, Co-Convenor, Well Being Chapter

 

Unpredictability, waves of adversity, and leveraging resilience.

SCCA’s Wellbeing Chapter’s announcement last month, we looked at technology and lawyers. We looked closely at whether technology, from a wellbeing perspective, was a friend or a foe. This month, as reality slowly hits us on what the pandemic really means, especially its prolonged duration, as legal professionals, we need to muster and sustain our resilience against waves and waves of adversity. Circuit breaker, lockdown, and quarantine - the new norms are unsettling. The constantly shifting situation and unpredictability are impacting everyone. There is still no clear picture of what is around the next corner. The pandemic presence seems endless.

It has never been more important to develop and maintain a resilient attitude. Resilience is a skill that one can develop and learn. As legal professionals, we need to be able to cope and move on during difficult and unprecedented times. We need to be able to deal with the circumstances in a realistic manner, even when we do not want to. It may mean allowing oneself to experience painful emotions, solving difficult problems, or taking actions when the natural preference is to step back.
 
Care for yourself. Be accountable for this - no one else will. Prioritize good sleep, eating regularly, and having healthy meals. Get plenty of exercises. No matter how difficult things are you need to motivate yourself. Help facilitate resilience by empowering both your body as well as your mind. Build strong relationships. Strong and supportive relationships can enhance resilience. Reach out for support and encouragement during difficult times. Learn to accept change and the fact that this is a constant. Embrace new possibilities despite the challenge of not being able to let go. It is important to create a forward-focused mentality. Push through and recognize your strengths. Feel more empowered, as you strive to cope. Act decisively - get up and continue. Rise above difficult circumstances - people do it every single day. Remember you are not alone here; you need to dust yourself down and continue moving forward.
 
Some other techniques to practice include:
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy - understand how your thoughts affect your emotions, and in turn behaviors. Learn how to identify negative thoughts and reframe them into positive ones.
  • Be in the present. Pay attention to your surroundings and yourself. For example, control your breathing. This assists you to be in the present. It helps dispel panicked thoughts. Mindfulness and other forms of meditation help overall wellbeing and alleviate fear.
  • Concentrate on things you can control. Refrain from wishing things were different and what could have been and getting bogged down with but for…

 

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