Monday, March 24, 2014
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:
- Describe the stress-producing event factually.
- Write down all the worst-case-scenario thoughts you’re having.
- 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).
- Analyze the most likely scenario.
The article offers many more techniques. You can read about them here.