The current coronavirus crisis has disrupted 3 basic psychological needs that we all have--our need for predictability; our need for control and choices that affect our ongoing experience; and our need for connection with others. For many people, this multi-layered disruption has precipitated some strong negative emotions--fear, anxiety, stress, irritability, distractibility, loneliness, grief, and others. Most lawyers are not used to coping with such strong emotions.
In this article, Dr. Larry Richard, founder of the consulting firm LawyerBrain, provides us with 13 evidence-based strategies for coping with these emotions, building emotional well-being, and inoculating ourselves against future disruptions. Dr. Richard practiced law for 10 years before earning a Ph.D. in psychology. For the past twenty-plus years, he has consulted to the legal profession to help improve leadership, motivation and performance.
Each of the techniques he discusses is rooted in science yet immensely practical. They work well for lawyers in leadership roles as well as for lawyers and other professionals who are individual contributors. Lawyers to whom Dr. Richard has taught these techniques have praised them as "incredibly helpful" and as "so timely". Be sure to read this powerful prescription for well-being.
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Mindfulness meditation involves focusing your attention on the here-and-now without judgment.