Stress, the "Silent Killer"
Dr. Oz, the popular television medic, recently said that high blood pressure is the "silent killer." Stress, he said, is one of the major causes of high blood pressure. Lawyers I talk with almost universally tell me about the stress under which they labor. What I try to do as a coach is to advise about improving the lawyer's operations, which often helps reduce stress levels for the lawyer. It's a holistic perspective, addressing revenue improvement, operations changes that impact profit, and stress reduction that improves both the professional and personal life of the lawyer. Moreover a coach is someone the lawyer can talk with objectively, discussing fears and working to resolve them.
Love Your Work - Reduces Stress
But is stress always bad? A recent Los Angeles Times article featured a lawyer who clearly is a workaholic. But, she has a marvelous and somewhat unusual perspective on her workload. As the story emphasizes, stress can hinge on attitudes about work. In other words, if you love what you're doing, it's not work; if it's not work, you may be exhausted at the end of the day, but you won't be stressed out and unable to cope with your environment.
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