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By: Jamie Collins

As featured in the November/December 2012 edition of Facts & Findings, NALA’s bi-monthly magazine for paralegals, and shared with permission: www.nala.org.

Got stress?

For those working in the legal profession, the answer to that simple question is an unequivocal and resounding “Yes!” It is the one thing you likely have in common with the rest of paralegalkind, and that one thing is: stress. We are enveloped by it on a daily basis. We are skillful experts at exuding a calm and pleasant countenance in the face of adversity, but when the chaos clouds loom low overhead and oxygen is deplete (as is a legal staffer’s sanity), you better believe there is stress!

I have read a few self-improvement books and perused various articles offering tips on how to deal with the infamous “s” word, but the one thing I have noticed is that it is darn near impossible for a busy paralegal to squeeze a majority of those helpful, but time consuming, and often, costly suggestions into one’s daily life. In reality, I have somewhere between 30 seconds, 30 minutes and $30 to debunk the stress. What can I do?

Today, I am here to share four incredibly simple, stress-busting tips that may help to save your sanity, at least in part, while elevating your happiness, and the best part is, you can do them each within 30 seconds to 30 minutes, starting today! After all, you are a busy paralegal with a shortage of time and an abundance of stress. The cavalry has arrived.

Click here to continue reading, and learn my 4 stress debunking tips: http://www.nala.org/Upload/file/PDF-Files/FactsFindings/collins.pdf


Carpe de weekend, TPS paralegals! We believed it best to share these tips on Friday Eve, so you’d have an opportunity to charge into high heel land for the impending freedom festival a little less stressed! We’ll see you on Monday, fully-refreshed and ready to run the gauntlet. (We know you wouldn’t have it any other way).

Have a stress tip to add to the list? Do tell…