Lawyers are the ultimate multitaskers, but research indicates that multitasking is very damaging to our mental health and a root cause of depression.
Set Limits. Check email two to three times per day, limit social media to 10 minutes per platform per day, and monitor your use with Screen Time or another application.
Manage the Apps. Delete the applications you waste the most time on, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and install healthy apps, such as some of the self-care apps like Calm, Headspace, MyFitnessPal, etc.
Unfollow the Unhealthy. Everyone has at least one or two friends on social media who are train wrecks. Instead of being inundated with negative messages from these people on a daily basis, unfollow them! Replace them by following new resources and people that are uplifting.
Plug in to Self-Care. Calendar three things a week for self-care and explore some of the many things that can make a difference in an attorney’s wellness, such as mindfulness, gratitude journaling, service work, exercise, creative art, and more.
This an excerpt of “Technology and Mental Health,” written by Chris Ritter of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program. To read the full article, visit https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=articles&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=47003