How Lawyers Can Manage Stress and Cortisol Levels during the COVID-19 Crisis

James Gray Robinson
Understanding what happens medically when we don’t manage our stress is key to understanding why we feel so rotten and unhealthy.

Understanding what happens medically when we don’t manage our stress is key to understanding why we feel so rotten and unhealthy.

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I have published many articles about stress and wellness for lawyers. It is quite the popular topic because of the fact that stress is one of the legal profession’s worst hazards. Lawyers have a disproportionately high percentage of addiction and depression.

According to a study released at the 2016 ABA Midyear Meeting, more than 20 percent of lawyers have struggled with substance abuse or mental health problems. And stress can lead to weight gain and even obesity—in fact, more than 40 percent of the general population, including lawyers, were classified as obese, according to 2017-18 figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So why is work-related stress so unhealthy?

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