Attorney Well Being Committee

This Committee works to enhance the understanding of issues associated with attorney well being through education and other awareness activities. The Committee also explores programs, accumulates data and provides analysis to enhance attorney well being.

513 Fairfax Ave
Nashville, TN 372124010
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Immediate Past Chair
Tennessee Dept of Treasury
502 Deaderick Street, Andrew Jackson Bldg
Nashville, TN 37243
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Wellness Wednesday: In Times of Anxiety, Remember to Breathe

When finding yourself in a situation that evokes feelings of tension or anxiety, such as an opening or closing argument or a confrontation with opposing counsel, try pausing and taking one or two slow, deep, complete breaths before taking action. Since breathing is connected to the bodily systems associated with emotion and physiological response to stress, this will help your body relax, better enabling you to respond in a calm and thoughtful manner. Rather than succumbing to the nervous system’s “fight or flight” response, the “relaxation response” will ease the stress response, resulting in greater calmness and enhanced focus. While some people find that taking a sip of water helps them feel more comfortable in doing this, keep in mind that you are not expected to respond instantaneously (nor should you)!
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Start Your Day with a Brief Meditation

Consider waking 10 minutes earlier so you can incorporate a brief mindfulness meditation into your preparations for the day. Begin by sitting in a relaxed and comfortable upright position, with your spine and head aligned. Place both feet on the ground, with legs uncrossed, and rest your hands gently on your lap. Gently close your eyes and allow yourself to notice the sensation of sitting in the chair, of your feet on the ground, of your hands resting in your lap. Gently bring your attention to your breath, slowly taking a deep breath in, pausing briefly, then slowly exhaling. Our minds will wander, as intrusive thoughts are constantly vying for our attention. When you realize this has happened, simply observe without judgment and gently guide your attention back to your breath.

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