Stress among attorneys is a serious problem. While many professional occupations come with pressure, attorneys face uncommonly tough challenges that lead to unhappiness and burnout. Specific stressors cited most frequently by attorneys include: a sense of having no control over work/life; frustration with not being able to sufficiently help clients or make a difference; excessively demanding and often adversarial work.
Stress experienced by attorneys is so far above the norm that it can only be described as an outlier. Advanced techniques to address outlier stress are required for the well-being of attorneys, their firms, and their families.
Law and the Good Life is organized around three components of reducing attorney stress:
• Vitality lays a foundation for well-being by optimizing the physical, psychological and mental resiliency integral to feeling in command – no matter what is happening externally.
• Connectivity builds on vitality by enhancing alliances and creating feelings of contribution and camaraderie.
• Sustainability maximizes attorney stamina in the face of monumental workloads and extraordinary expectations.