Practicing law can be stressful. Lawyers are under constant pressure to meet deadlines and client demands, and law practice environments can be highly competitive. It is easy to understand how lawyers can feel stressed.
While occasional feelings of stress are normal, chronic stress causes chemical imbalances in the body and weakens the immune system, making a person more susceptible to serious medical conditions such as heart disease and cancer. Clinical depression, which occurs among lawyers at a rate significantly higher than the rate for the general population, has also been attributed to chronic stress.
Six steps lawyers can take to avoid experiencing chronic stress are discussed in my blog post on NWSidebar, an online publication of the Washington State Bar Association, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.