Sunday morning comes and you’re already dreading Monday. The dread deepens as the day goes on. Frequently, it ruins your whole Sunday and perhaps the whole weekend. The weekend you had desperately anticipated to help you get through the next week. This is lawyer burnout.
By Monday morning, the panic is palpable. You feel it in the pit of your stomach. You feel it in your chest as you get ready for work. By the time you’re in the car and driving, you’re so “amped-up” you feel like your heart is going to beat right out of your chest. And you’ve been doing this now for months and years. You feel trapped like a caged animal. This is lawyer stress.
Your brain is screaming silently at you TO DO SOMETHING, but you just don’t know what to do. Nothing that you’ve ever done or learned has prepared you for this lawyer depression, this anxiety, this exhaustion!