Being a lawyer often means working long hours, which can make it tough to combine your work life with your personal one and at the same time also mind your health. Eating healthy, getting regular exercise and keeping your life as stress-free as possible is very important, but often when time is lacking healthiness suffers. Being healthy doesn’t always have to take up much time though. Below are some tips that busy lawyers can use to adopt a healthy lifestyle without having to sacrifice too much of their precious time.
Eat Healthy Fast food
There are plenty of recipes for healthy meals that don’t take long to prepare. Just do a search online and you’ll find numerous websites dedicated to these types of recipes. If you don’t have time to prepare your own healthy food, resist the urge to order pizza for lunch or stop at a McDrive during your lunch break. These days there are plenty of healthy fast food options available in almost every city throughout the country. To make it easier to resist ordering junk food, let your assistant handle food orders and tell them that under no circumstances they are allowed to order unhealthy food. If this is a bit too drastic for you, you may want to consider scheduling in one cheat day per week.
Instead of leaving workouts for when you have some time, which you’ll probably never really have, schedule workouts in your calendar each week. It’s a good idea to use lunch breaks to fit in a quick exercise session or to start commuting to work by running or cycling if you live close enough. That way you won’t lose too much time doing your workouts. Consider getting a personal trainer. They can help motivate you and keep you on track to reach workout goals. Scheduling weekly sessions with your personal trainer will also make it harder to skip your workouts.
It’s not just your body that need to be in good shape in order for you to be healthy and become your best self, but also your mind. As a lawyer you’ll likely have to deal with a lot of stress. There are always deadlines coming up that you cannot miss, clients who are giving you a hard time, colleagues who drive you a bit crazy now and then, etc. If you don’t deal well with the stress that comes with the job, your work and mental health can start to suffer. You wouldn’t be the first lawyer to have a major burnout or depression. In order to minimize stress, you can try using relaxation techniques. Several studies show that meditation is very effective at helping people deal with stress. Meditating for 5 to 10 minutes each day could be all you need to help you cope with the stress of daily life.
Living a healthy life won’t only help make you happier and improve your quality of life, it’ll also positively affect your productivity and success as a lawyer.
Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Alamo Injury Attorneys, a personal injury law firm in San Antonio, Texas. Zane thinks it would be easy to be unhealthy as an attorney.