I cannot keep track of, well, anything lately. Even though I don’t feel acutely stressed, my brain is shrieking (and performing) otherwise. This time of pandemic is somehow blowing all my brain circuits. I am mentally and emotionally wiped out. How about you?
World and national events. have heightened our anxiety, for sure. But the bigger problem may be that our work tools dictate a frenzied mental pace–one that far outstrips our actual ability to deal with that pace. All those little islands of downtime that we used to have–waiting rooms, lines, the commute–are now filled with chatter and productivity. Without downtime, our brains get stressed, and we get anxious.
The toxicity of law culture runs so deep that most firms score at least 10 out of 13 factors that lead to employee burnout. What about yours?
Your brain needs time to mull things over and roam freely in odd places. Lacking that kind of freedom, your brain (and therefore you) gets frenzied and spastic, going through lots of motions but accomplishing little.
I was working on a post about lowering your lawyer stress level by creating space in your life. And I’m
Anxiety makes your brain less able to think clearly. You are like that guy at the bar who insists, after 3 beers in an hour, that he is FINE to drive. And everyone sober around him takes one look at him and says, “Dude, you are so not fine!”
In a nutshell, that’s why you need to meditate.
Coloring taps into a couple brain activities that are highly soothing, so it’s just the thing for anxious attorneys.