Wellbeing Guide

For when it all gets too much.

Wellbeing “The state of being comfortable, healthy or happy” (OED)

It can be easy to focus on Wellbeing when everything is going well.

What happens to us though, when we are under extreme pressure? A litigation case, for example, can push our personal Wellbeing to the bottom of our list of priorities. The irony of course, is that this is exactly the time we need to focus on our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.  If we make it a priority, we will increase our capacity to deal with the increase in pressure and the possible resulting stress symptoms.

What is pressure?

When most people think of pressure they refer to stress!  However, pressure can be positive. It can give us the motivation and drive to resolve the situation and is necessary and desirable up to a certain level.  However, stress occurs when we feel unable to cope with the pressures being placed on us.

What are the signs of a lack of Wellbeing?  Here are a few examples:

  • Lack of sleep/poor sleep
  • Low energy
  • Disturbance of appetite
  • Feeling exhausted
  • Low mood or mood swings
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor memory
  • Aches and pains, headaches

Allowing these symptoms to build up can lead to more serious conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

It would be great if there was a MAGIC WAND to ease pressure and there are things that can be done to help you cope, improve your decision making, maintain resilience and be more effective at seeing a litigation matter through to a satisfactory resolution.

M Maintain healthy habits; sleep, food, exercise.

A Ask for help, speak to a trusted friend, being listened to is intrinsically relaxing

G Go for a brisk walk. Walking is a great stress reliever especially if you can be in a green space

I Inhale for 3 seconds and then breathe out for 5 seconds.  This connects you with the part of your nervous system that is responsible for relaxing you. Do 10 rounds of this breathing anytime during the day so that your body becomes used to this relaxation response and when things get tough use the same breathing technique to calm you down.

C Cut back on caffeine, alcohol and other stimulants as much as you can.

W Write it down, allow yourself some time to write down any worries and then put this aside.  This can help you to focus on the other important things in your life too.

A Acceptance, this is happening ‘at the moment’ but remind yourself everything changes

N (Get your Emotional) Needs met. Make sure you get your emotional needs met and in balance, for example – be in control of what you can control.

D Do one thing at a time

If you have a litigation matter that is affecting your wellbeing, please get in touch. We would be happy to help.

Article by Hannah Jackson