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.
Amy Wood, Psy.D., is a Maine-based psychologist who--through psychotherapy, executive coaching, and training—helps ambitious professionals achieve more and stress less. She is author of Life Your Way: Refresh Your Approach to Success and Breathe Easier in a Fast-paced World, an award-winning personal improvement book that surpasses quick-fix self-help rhetoric with a sustainable program for adapting to our perpetually hectic age. She has been accepted into the prestigious National Speakers Association and is often called on for her expert opinion by media ranging from Maine Public Radio to Parade Magazine. Dr. Wood earned her doctorate at Adler University and is certified by the College of Executive Coaching.