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    'Tis the Season to Stress Less

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    Here's how Richardson responds: continued...

    You need to reach out for help. First, I'd recommend that you see a good

    physician who can look at the health of your body in relation to the health of your whole life. A medical professional who takes into account the effects of lifestyle on your health can recommend not only medical action, but also stress-reduction options and preventive measures that may help enhance your immune system and protect you from future problems.

    Regarding your work, I'd recommend that you take some dramatic actions to cut back your hours, remove a few deadlines or lower your expectations in some way. You will probably need to meet with your boss to let him or her know that you need to care for your health at this time. I know that work of attorneys can be very demanding and the expectations unrealistically high. But, please remember that your life is far more important than your career.

    Working 10- to 12-hour days will rob you of your precious life-energy, not to mention your precious time.

    Think about the changes you can make in the next 30 days that will dramatically reduce not only your stress, but also improve your overall health. To make this process easier, start by identifying three things you can remove from your life and three healthy things you can add to your life. For example, you might reduce your hours at work, set boundaries with your parents, or delegate a project at work. And, you might add a weekly massage, a visit with a friend, and a good multivitamin every day.

    You're young, and it's important to pay close attention to the work and life habits you're putting in place. These habits will either serve you or hurt you in the long run. If these recommended changes seem too difficult, please reach out to a professional counselor for support. Your life is worth it!

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