Lawyer Well-Being Newsletter • NJLAP •
Special 2020 Well-Being Issue #29


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.

Talking About
Lawyers, Autumn and Halloween

 
October is the month when autumn is in high gear, with fall colors peaking in New Jersey; crisp, sunny days calling us to the shore for one more beach picnic, as well as Halloween tricks, treats, decorations and events. Autumn does have a dark side (pun intended) as hours of daylight diminish, and the end of Daylight Savings Time (November 1, 2020) moves sunset even earlier.
 
This year, autumn comes during a pandemic, requiring modifications to all the above activities. Couple that with the rise of mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety during this time, then add reduced sunlight to the mix and many people may find themselves facing SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder, even if they have never experienced it before.

What is SAD?
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/seasonal-affective-disorder/index.shtml
 
Below are some articles written specifically for lawyers.
https://www.abajournal.com/news/article/what-advice-do-you-have-for-lawyers-experiencing-seasonal-affective-disorder
 
http://www.lawyerswithdepression.com/articles/seasonal-affective-disorder-need-know/
 
http://www.lawyerswithdepression.com/articles/tag/seasonal-affective-disorder/
 
https://www.lclma.org/2018/01/09/tips-on-making-the-season-brighter-seasonal-affective-disorder-3/
 
Some experts are suggesting that we try to model the Norwegian cultural attitude about the darker time of the year.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/26/dreading-a-dark-winter-lockdown-think-like-a-norwegian
 
And since humor always helps to “lighten” things up, here are some Halloween laws to “make you cackle”
https://www.johnsflaherty.com/blog/weird-halloween-laws-to-make-you-cackle


Noreen Braman
NJLAP Program Communications & Technology Manager




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