In this week’s episode of The Law Practice Doctor, Sam Gaylord interviews Dr. Ken Nedd, who is a practicing medical doctor, an international keynote speaker, and bestselling author of The Power Over Stress. Dr. Nedd treats stress-related disorders in one-to-one clinical settings and corporate settings. He is a highly sought after expert in the areas of stress and happiness and during talks about managing the body and the mind.
Main Questions Asked:
- What are some of the common diagnosis you see amongst attorneys that come to you with regards to stress and anxiety?
- What is stress?
- What are stress solutions for lawyers?
Key Lessons Learned:
- In a recent study of 12,000 employees from 105 professions, lawyers ranked number one in the area of depression, anxiety, and stress.
- 63% of lawyers are stressed and a lot report ‘major stress’, which is a lot higher than the general population.
- It is okay to aggressively do your job, but there are also mechanisms by which to still have a life and not be stressed.
- Physical symptoms depend on the physiological weakness.
- Job hours per week is a predictor of job stress, which has to do with heart attacks.
- Women who work for female lawyers and work more than 45 hours a week are 5 times more likely to get sick and report stress.
- No amount of success in your professional life can make up for failure in your health. So as you work and put in the hours, know that you are working to create a great life and happiness.
- If you constantly work and worry, your body will become inflamed, which effects memory and the propensity to develop cancer.
What Is Stress?
- Everybody is talking about stress but few people understand what it really is.
- Stress is the way one responds physiologically when the circumstances they are faced with are beyond their ability to cope.
- Human beings are the only animals with the capacity to focus awareness inwards on the body as well as outwards.
- Perception is the gateway to stress.
Stress Solutions for Lawyers
This is the basis of autogenic training that assists in resisting the pressures of life from harming the coronary arteries and the immune system. Do the following to create the habit over a 30-day period:
- When you feel tension coming on, survey your body for arousal.
- Watch your arousal and lower the tone of the sympathetic nervous system.
- Look at what’s happening, make a fist, tense your body, and feel it.
- Take a breath through your nose, hold it, and as you breathe out release the tension.
- Relaxation is not something you ‘do’ but rather something that you ‘allow’ to happen.
- Focus is about following one path until you reach success.
- Breathe in a way to relieve your stress.
- Breathing in slowly through your nose, hold it for 3 seconds, then breathe out through your mouth.
- Use your mind to feel the tension out of the body.
- When you’re stressed, the blood moves away from your arms and legs. This is where the term ‘cold feet’ comes from.
- Use the mantra, “My arms and hands are heavy and warm.”
- Decide you are going to be happy no matter what.
- Happiness is a decision so decide to be happy.
- A study spanning 50 years showed that people who lived long are:
i) Are very committed to what they do
iii) Have emotional competence (happiness)
- Happiness is the antidote to stress, and has biochemical consequences.
- If you don’t want to smile, just twist your mouth upwards and you will get the same affect as if you were smiling on your own.
- If you are happy, your brain will function better.
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Links to Resources Mentioned
60 Second Stress Solutions For Lawyers
Power Over Stress