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Stressed Out and Going Nowhere
By Chere Estrin, The Estrin Report
Being a tad stressed out lately, I decided to research the topic and, unfortunately, came up with the same old boring routine run-of-the-mill suggestions. There’s nothing worse than for stressed out paralegals and legal professionals to read another article on stress that tells you to:
Take a break. (Right. With that pile of work on my desk, my boss breathing down my neck, I’m gonna take a break.)
Take a walk outside. (It’s 115 degrees here. You take the walk.)
Meditate. (That brings me right back to obsessing on what’s stressing me.)
Take a bubble bath. (I have arthritis in my knees. You get in and out of that tub. Me? I’m not getting in there and then have to have the fire department come and get me out. No, sir.)
Eat chocolate. (Sure. What’s another 50 pounds?)
I thought I’d stumbled upon something new when I read one article that said to keep a log. The log should have three columns: Time, My Plan, What Actually Happened.
So I started the log:
9:00 My Plan: Write a Press Release.
What Actually Happened: Client calls. Yaks for an hour. What could I say? It’s a paying client.
10:00 My Plan: Write syllabus for OLP e-Discovery Training Course.
What Actually Happened: Husband pulls back out of whack while trying to demonstrate how he used to do the limbo when he was five. Try getting a 6 foot, 249 lb., 58 year-old man up off the floor. Took an hour.
You get the picture. It was only making me more stressed. So I came up with my own ways to just eliminate stress altogether.
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