New Year, new me? Make self care your priority this year

New Year, new me? Make self care your priority this year

The start of thenew year always presents an opportunity for growth. A fresh start, this is often a time for reflection and determination as we each resolve our intentions for theyear. There’s something about January 1st that prompts lofty expectation—whether this comes from cultivating a new skill, reprising an old talent or becoming more professionally astute—the initial few days of January see more gym memberships, more violin lessons and committing to more billable hours than any other time of year…

However, in an exhaustive survey undertaken by theABA, it was found that over 25% of lawyers suffered from depression, and more staggeringly, lawyers are 2.5 to 3.5 times more likely to suffer from alcohol addiction. As a result, mental well-being should be high on theagenda of lawyers and law firms to ensure that mental health doesn't fall by thewayside.

LawCare, theLawyers charity supporting mental health and wellbeing, have called for widespread changes to working culture in theindustry. In an interview with Law Gazette, Law Care said: ‘We need to take a careful look at how we educate and train lawyers about mental health and wellbeing and prepare them for practice, every lawyer coming into theprofession should understand that there may be a time in their career when they may struggle and know where to get help.’

While visiting thegym regularly sounds appealing, and learning thetrumpet sounds like a fabulous herald for theyear ahead, perhaps it’s time to turn our attention more inwardly? And look to thepractice of self-care as thelong term promise we can make ourselves this new year. We’ve pulled together a list of easy-to-integrate tips that can make a difference to your mental health without impacting your capacity to get work done.   

Reduce caffeine intake:

While coffee can often our first thought when feeling tired and sluggish, a caffeine

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Catherine is one of the Future of Law's digital editors. She graduated from Durham University with a degree in English Literature and worked at a barristers chambers before joining Lexis Nexis.