Lawyer Well-Being Newsletter • NJLAP •
Special 2020 Well-Being Issue #33

For lawyers, Balance  has a special meaning.

The Scales of Justice is an important symbol to Law professionals, representing the opposing sides of a case, weighed out impartially by an often-blindfolded Lady Justice— signifying fairness. But unlike in a legal case, lawyers want their Scales of Life not to tip too much to one side or the other.
NJLAP’s mission is to help lawyers achieve that balance. This newsletter is part of that vision.
This is the last edition of Balance for 2020. We will return to bi-weekly issues after the New Year. NJLAP remains available by phone at 800-246-5527, and up to date information and resources are available through the link at the top of the page at
We wish you and your loved ones resilience, health, happiness and laughter as we enter a New Year.
Image by Michelle Maria from Pixabay 

Lawyers and Holiday Blues in 2020
The year-end holiday season is often presented as a time of joy and fun. However, it can also be a time of high stress, depression and anxiety. Underlying personal issues as well as national and global events can exacerbate these feelings. One may feel pressured to “be jolly” which can only add to distress.
Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO of NJAMHAA, describes these issues. “During the winter holiday season, the days are darker and the pressure people feel is greater. With the COVID-19 pandemic, these symptoms will be heightened due to isolation. This will likely result in an increase in anxiety and depression. To maintain mental and physical health, it is important that if people do decide to hold family gatherings that the proper safety protocol is followed, including social distancing, wearing masks and frequent hand washing. If families cannot meet in person, then they can meet virtually. It is also important at this time to practice self-care routines to ease any ‘holiday blues’ or SAD symptoms.”  She offers more tips in this article: 
The “Holiday Blues” Are More Melancholic in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lawyers, especially, can suffer from extra stress at this time, especially this year. Courts may have limited hours; clients, who also are experiencing individual holiday stress, may become anxious about pending cases and want updates. suggests shifting some business and personal tasks to others, giving yourself personal time, and also celebrating your successes in the past year:
Don't Let Holiday Stress Undo Your Entire Year

To paraphrase something I’ve said before, being grateful that 2020 is over, and patting yourself on the back for getting through it, is a legitimate well-being enhancer.
Below are more helpful links.
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers - MA
Women Lawyers Association of LA
Texas Lawyer

Oregon Law Practice Management
Attorney At Law Magazine
Advocate Capital
This is not specifically holiday-related, but has good information about feelings that can be exacerbated during holidays, especially during this pandemic year.
Grief, Loss, and Burnout


Noreen Braman
NJLAP Program Communications & Technology Manager

For Our Friends in Recovery

This time of year can be difficult for those in recovery.
Addiction counselor, Bob Forrest, offers some tips: 
  1. Be good to yourself, protect yourself
  2. Don't give in to negative feelings or people
  3. Don't drink
  4. Don't use
  5. Just make it to January 1 by any means necessary
  6. Don't be around family who constantly shame you
  7. Be around people who love and support you
  8. Don't Fall Apart
  9. Remember, it' only one day. You can make it through any one day. Tomorrow might be better.
  10. Everything will feel better when the holidays are over!

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"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
'it will be happier'...”

― Alfred Lord Tennyson

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