How to Not Burn Yourself Out as a Lawyer

Richard Holmes, Director of Wellbeing at Westfield Health, discusses how to spot symptoms of burnout as a lawyer and steps you can take to keep yourself healthy, awake and productive.

The legal industry faces huge challenges when it comes to workplace stress and burnout. Extremely long hours, large workloads and unrelenting requirements to meet client demands are common issues that can all affect stress levels. Unsurprisingly, in 2018 over 82% of junior lawyers reported feeling regularly or occasionally stressed with a further 26% being severely/extremely stressed. Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion, detachment and reduced productivity. If you feel tired even after a good night’s sleep, no longer enjoy your job or work longer hours with an increasing ...

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