'Tis the Season to Stress Less
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!