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What are your tips for not thinking about work after hours?

So over at the private Lawyers sub on reddit, a user asked the question:

What are your tips for not thinking about work after hours?

Distressingly, the majority of the responses involved:

  • Drinking
  • Reddit
  • Drinking

beersTo be fair, some suggested working out as well. For my own part, I have a variety of activities to keep me occupied post-office hours. First and foremost, I have a family that commands my attention. I work out on a regular basis. Blogging and other writing also take up a fair amount of my time. I have a deep and abiding love of reading and can spend hours doing so.

But at the end of the day, I think to be a lawyer is to take you work home with you. I know I will wake up in the middle of the night thinking about a client’s matter. Was our filing timely? Did we miss a deadline? What is opposing counsel planning? The thing with being a lawyer is that clients ask you to take your problems on as your own – it’s inevitable that they will creep into your life. I suppose that the best a person can hope for is a brief respite, something to distract them for a time.

Anyone else? What do other lawyers do for stress relief after work?

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  1. It can be tough to leave work at the office. I’ve found that yoga helps me a good deal. When When I’m focusing on positions and my breathing I can’t think about anything else. I’m also usually so tired afterwards that I can just pass out when I get home.

    • I’ve dabbled in Yoga off and on. Any demanding, physical activity is ideal I think. Something that takes your entire concentration will force you to forget work, even if just for a little while.

  2. I go to the gym now a days, making me more fit and pre-occupied during post-office hours. It’s my way of putting balance in a stressful days within a week. Working out 3-4 times gives me more brain stimulation to write and think about future ideas to write about… I consider working out as my well-deserve meehh-time.. :)

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