Mindfulness to Combat Stress

Law school and the practice of law can be stressful.  One practice that can help is mindfulness.  My article in the August/September 2017 Docket, Mindfulness for Lawyers: Decrease Your Stress and Improve Your Performance, tells you how to get started.

Stress May Cause Lawyer Brain Damage

There are two kinds of stress, but both involve the activation of the fight-or-flight system. Acute stress is short-lived and designed to help get us through short-term challenges, such as a court hearing or a weekend 5k. Chronic stress causes an extended stress response. And that means uninterrupted stress hormones coursing through the body and […]

Resilient Brain

There are two features of the human brain that should give every lawyer hope: neuroplasticity and neurogenesis.  Neuroplasticity allows the brain to change with every action, thought, and experience.  These changes can be neuro-protective or neuro-destructive.  Neurogenesis is the birth of new brain cells in the hippocampus.  Lawyers can enhance neurogenesis, improving memory and learning.  Good […]