Monday, March 24, 2014

Building Resilience and Mental Toughness

Law students and lawyers deal constantly with stress. In the March issue of the Wisconsin Lawyer, Paula Davis-Laack offers a number of  ways that we can train ourselves to deal with difficult situations. For example, consider “catastrophising”—spinning the worst-case story from an event and immobilizing yourself. She offers a fives step process to get back to reality:

  1. Describe the stress-producing event factually.
  2. Write down all the worst-case-scenario thoughts you’re having.
  3. Create a best-case scenario (which you’ll have to completely make up so you can create a surge of positive emotion to lower your anxiety).
  4. Analyze the most likely scenario.

The article offers many more techniques. You can read about them here.


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