Why Lawyers should invest half an hour a day in themselves

Why Lawyers should invest half an hour a day in themselves


If you had thirty minutes each day to spend on yourself – what would you do?

We assume that you are already working at a law firm and drawing a salary. It seems it is a given that you require a higher salary and would like to improve ‘your lot’

With that in mind the thirty minutes is therefore to improve your knowledge so as to increase your salary and ’your lot’.

Analytical and Evaluative Skills

For example, every legal problem required analytical and evaluative skills. Client present their attorneys with a fact pattern and expect their lawyer to deconstruct it and explore the different legal solutions available and provide the respective merits of each.

Written Communication

There could be gaps in the existing information and a lawyer needs to know exactly the correct questions to ask. Thomas William – an associate at Slaughter and May, says being able to “appreciate the small details when constructing and thinking about the big picture” is essential.

Global Mindset

By organising mock court trials and pro bono work, universities are always offering ways for students to help show, and hone, these skills in a legal context.


The lonely silent (occupational hazard) life of a barrister, is a sharp contrast to the noisy and collaborative (team) effort expected of a solicitor. The Solicitor would tell you that ‘teamwork’ is important because the type of work that we tend to do is so huge in work and complexity, that you’re highly unlikely to be working on a project by yourself alone at any one time.”

Often entire departments will be tasked to be available to solve one legal problem, and it’s vital for a lawyer to draw on all expertise and talent available to convey information in a clear and concise manner.

Half an Hour Per Day, Alone

By now, being a Lawyer and having read all of the above, you should be getting the idea that, not only is it almost impossible to get half an hour to yourself for even 30 minutes per week. Also, you should be realising that you really need that 30 minutes per day to yourself and you should be working on busily on how to get it now!


Most people want to de-stress and talk about their preference toward the evening in which to do it. Most people also relate to that heavy feeling of stress in the evening after a long day’s work. No matter how much they love their jobs, the pressure, the tense social interactions and the meeting expectations; they can all create stress.

Everyone can relate to the heavy feeling of stress after a long day at work. Even if you love your job; the pressure of deadlines, tense social interactions and meeting expectations can create stress. When you come home from work, you want to relax and de-stress, but it isn’t always easy to do.

Small Tensions

In order to survive the workday, maybe you push aside the small tensions that build up. It can be difficult to find the time to deal with problems that arise during the day. When you come home at night, though you may want to relax, your brain is still attempting to deal with all the stresses that you turned away from. But that’s where evening meditation can become inherently valuable.

The battle that occurs in your mind between attempting to deal with your stressors while simultaneously attempting to relax and forget about them, can create even more tension at home, and in your personal life.

It seems like the tension just builds and builds with no respite. By practicing an evening meditation, you can achieve a peaceful state of mind that will make it easier for you to feel at peace and easily process your stress.

Time for You

The one thing you should always remember is that you deserve some time for yourself. There is nothing wrong with taking 30 minutes out of your day to simply relax and decompress. Everyone needs time to recharge.

If you find yourself feeling like you don’t have 30 minutes of free time – which is almost always – then revisit your schedule. Could you waken 30 minutes earlier, or go to bed 30 minutes later? Is there a television program you watch in which you’re not all that interested and could cut? Or perhaps you spend time on the internet that you’ve never been all that interested in a certain program but you never cut it. If you cut out 30 minutes. The 30 minutes of time for yourself is there and it’s worth the finding it.

There are many things you can do in that 30 minutes each day that can help you relax. Some people enjoy gardening or taking a relaxing bath.

Relaxing moments free of tension or time spent on hobbies is important, but it’s also important to process the things that have brought you stress. If you don’t, they will keep coming back to you, trying to work themselves out.

Steps to Relaxation

Meditation isn’t some kind of myth or magic. It’s a practice that’s been used for hundreds of years and has proved itself worthy of everyone’s attention. By implementing an evening meditation ritual, you will be bringing your mind and body into the perfect balance.

You’ll process all of the things that stress you out, you’ll relax your tension, and you’ll see the world with a renewed perspective that will help you process new stressors quicker and easier. Here are four steps to relax that you can try implementing today;

1. Meditation Technique

There are many different approaches you can use for meditation, so do a little research and find the technique that works best for you. After finding a technique that you are comfortable with, go to the next step.

Some examples of the different types of meditations are: Zen, Vipassana, Mindfulness, Mantra, Yoga and Transcendental meditations.

2. Find a quiet place

It’s hard controlling your thoughts while meditating. You don’t want any other distractions. For this reason, you want to find a really quiet place where nothing and nobody can disturb you.

Your concentration and focus have to be disconnected from the outside world completely in order for a meditation session to work properly. If you can’t find an uninterrupted space at home, try sitting in your car or walking to a park.

3. Make your evening meditation session easy

Don’t be surprised if you find the initial attempts to meditate a little harder than you expected. There are several things you can use to aid in focusing your concentration. By adding headphones and the right music to the mix you will easily drown out external distractions.

4. Just do it

Most of us have a way of planning something, but never following through. We think about it and perhaps even discuss it with our family or friends or people who also practice meditation. However, we never seem to get any further than that. Really the best approach is once you find a comfortable space, just start meditation.

It’s easy to get caught up in the details and trying to make everything perfect. If you find yourself making excuses like, “I need to buy candles and incense first” or “I need a meditation pillow, an empty room and total silence” then it’s probably time to just sit down and meditate!

Guided Evening Meditation

Chances are you don’t have the time to find an instructor to help you get into the swing of things, but you desperately want to practice quality meditation. The good news is that you can use pre-recorded guided meditation to help you.

With guided meditation it’s just like sitting down with an instructor and following their lead.

Below you’ll find 3 examples of different guided meditations. They range between 20 and 30 minutes, so they are just long enough to help you decompress completely.

1. Blissful Inner Peace

With a calming voice that aids with maintaining focus and music to get your brainwaves in sync with a relaxed mindset, this guided meditation session will help you find the peace that lives inside you.

2. Healing Space

For everyone who comes home with a lot of baggage from work, use this guided meditation clip. The instructor quickly and effortlessly guides you down a path of spiritual healing, leaving you healthy and happy.

3. Deep Relaxation & Positive Thoughts

This guided meditation clip is the perfect companion for getting rid of stress and anxiety, while providing positive affirmations.

When you get home from work, you want to spend quality time with your family and friends. You can’t do this if you are worried or stressed all the time. Make every minute you have special by simply investing your time in evening meditation.

4.Gain Clarity on What You Want in Life

There’s a reason that so many brilliantly talented, naturally creative, intelligent and capable people never reach their potential, and it is, quite simply, a lack of direction.
Even if you have a vague goal in mind, you still need a plan, a process to get you there.

You can have the most expensive, fastest car in the world, but if you set off on a journey without a clear idea of where you’re going, then the rusty old banger next door, with a paper map and compass will beat you there every time!

Those of you who are you stuck on the hamster wheel of life, will never discover your full potential.

5. Activities to Incorporate into Your Daily Life

Lawyers certainly don’t have time to try out different methods of meditation. The best idea is to look at a couple of methods, see if they work for you and once you find one that you can incorporate into your daily life – then that’s the one to go with and the time to start is now.


There are many different ways of meditation and also ways of keeping fit. We will bring more section of these to you at a later stage.

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