In 1829 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story stated, “the law is a jealous mistress and requires a long and constant courtship.” This sentiment has held true to this day for far too many attorneys and that’s a problem, particularly for those who are unable to say no to their jealous mistress’s demand for a never-ending sacrifice. If this is striking a chord, meaning you are one who feels that your jealous mistress will never allow you to prioritize taking care of yourself along the way, it’s time to reframe your relationship with the law. I say this because I believe the only way to sustain a long and successful legal career is to prioritize wellness. Here are seven reasons why.

Mental Health Matters – The practice of law is renowned for its stressors. Over time, the long hours, tight deadlines, emotionally charged situations, and high stakes matters will take a toll on your mental wellbeing. When you ignore this truth, you risk jeopardizing your personal happiness and your professional efficacy.