3 ways conveyancers can boost their mental well-being
How robust is your mental health and well-being–and how well do you feel you are coping with the pressures and deadlines of your conveyancing work? In the past year, conveyancers have experienced an unprecedented increase in both workload and stresses, as highlighted by Today’s Conveyancer in December.
With Mental Health Awareness week upon us, now is a good time for conveyancers to consider how they take care of their mental health and well-being.
Here are three tips you can use today to ensure you are taking care of your mental health and well-being:
- Don’t believe everything you think
Do you find yourself stuck in negative or unhealthy thought patterns when stressed? Rather than automatically believing the content of your thoughts, analyse them as if a client were speaking to you. When we employ legal skills to challenge our own thinking, as we would if a client were speaking to us, we can often free ourselves from the unpleasantness and anxiety generated by thoughts that have no proof.
If you find yourself stuck in a negative thought loop, challenge that thought process using the practical, systematic approach you employ as a conveyancer.
- Get moving.
Exercise is crucial to well-being–and not just when it comes to our physical health. Regular exercise helps us lift out of depression and anxiety, make new brain connections, and enhances learning, memory, and cognition. One study found that subjects showed marked improvement in depressive symptoms within ten to twelve weeks after just 45 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise or resistance training with weights three times a week.
Even a small amount of movement can help–especially if you can get outside and into nature. That said, we realise that not everyone can get outside when working to a tight deadline. Instead, for those busy days:
- Try standing during phone calls.
- Get a standing desk or elevate the one you have on blocks.
- Walk to nearby meetings.
- Take the stairs instead of elevators.
- Get up every half-hour and stretch or go for a short walk.
- Consider mindfulness
The practice of mindfulness has gained increasing popularity in recent years among legal professionals. Though it’s not a panacea for all work-life stress, using simple daily techniques to increase your mindfulness has been shown to improve overall mental health and well-being and to make practitioners more resilient to stressful periods.
Clio’s Innovate Legal Online Workshop: Introduction To Mindfulness can introduce you to the basic tenets of mindfulness. In this free one-hour session, available to view on demand at a time that suits you, you will learn:
- What mindfulness is and why it is important
- How to understand the origins of stress
- How we can train our minds to master our inner states—our emotions, reactions, and responses to change and difficulty
- How to scientifically understand mindfulness
- How to practice experiential mindfulness
- How to apply mindfulness and mental health techniques
This article was submitted to be published by Clio as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Conveyancer. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Conveyancer