I have been a Trial and Appellate Attorney in California for over 11 years and have worked for legal aid and private law firms, as well as the California government during that time.
During the first 8 years of litigating and doing trial work I did not nurture all dimensions of my well-being. I also saw other friends and colleagues struggling to find balance. Many times, I had to put my clients, my trial, my appellate brief, my family, my friends, my demands, my expectations, all before even thinking about my wellness.
I decided to change the equation several years back and commit to exercising regardless of whether I had a trial or appellate argument coming up. It was a powerful change. This eventually led me down a path where I learned to nurture all dimensions of my well-being. While I was not expecting it, it made sense that by focusing on my health, it increased my level of performance. I was thinking clearly, effectively managing my stress, and staying centered and grounded.