Quick tips from the around SC Bar on how to manage your time, budget, and stress during the holiday season
As you gear up for the holidays, find time to relax and build your strength and flexibility
Above: Meagan Gentry of Gentry Law Firm
Aerial silks has become my favorite way to keep my body strong, balanced, and flexible. It requires so much skill in so many different areas of the body and makes you unafraid to test your limits. I use aerial trapeze to build strength and flexibility. Staying healthy and working out is a lot more fun when you feel like you are at the circus. Aerial silks may look fun and easy, but it is one of the hardest work outs I've ever done. It requires the use of every muscle in your body simultaneously. It's a great way to stay healthy and use muscles you may have never used before and definitely don't get the chance to work on very often. When they say #livingabovethebar for health did they mean 20 feet above the bar?? Nothing like climbing your way up a silk to increase arm, shoulder, and leg strength!
THIS is why everyone needs to come try out yoga at Shine and Shout. The top picture was my "downward dog" until @verorobertson helped teach me. The bottom is with her instruction. #livingabovethebar #beteachable
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As we gear up to fall weather and festivities, let’s take a look back over summer 2017 at the South Carolina Bar.
August 2017- A coalition of groups, including the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, released a comprehensive report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, aimed at addressing the problem of substance use and mental health disorders of lawyers. The report includes several references to the SC Bar’s wellness initiatives.
Rogers Townsend & Thomas attorneys Trey Turner and Roy Shelley helped organize the Palmetto TRAC Club, an umbrella support group for Triathletes, Runners, and Cyclists ("TRAC") in South Carolina, to provide a forum for sharing information on running groups, places to workout in the area, training groups, and other items of interest, with a goal of increasing health and fitness for everyone.
Visit our website at: www.palmettotracclub.org
Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/154004568333405/?ref=bookmarks
We will be holding periodic socials to network and share information. Our first social was held August 2d and Dr. Rick McCain, an orthopedist, gave us information in diagnosing, treating, and preventing common running, cycling, and swimming injuries. Two photos of that event are attached.
This year, USC’s law school included an optional morning “wellness hour” as part of New Student Orientation, to let our newest law students know that it’s important to stay healthy and balanced as they start on what we all know is a demanding academic experience. Here, SC Bar Wellness Committee member Stephanie Nye, USC Law Director of Externships, and 3L students Robbin Wilder and Demetrius Pyburn prepare to lead 1Ls on a downtown Columbia run. Other wellness options included a State House Power Walk with Bob Bockman, guided meditation led by Kerry Egan, an orientation to “The Strom” with Alex Ruskell, USC Law Director of Academic Success, and yoga with Tina Cundari.
It was taken after a 5mi run, very early in the morning. I am training for the Ray Tanner 12k and the Star Wars: Dark Side half marathon at Disney.
Considering going horseback riding
Ideas from Stefan Feidler of Anastopoulo Law Firm, LLC
Roughly 6 months ago (2/22/2016) I began my jiujitsu journey. Without knowing a soul, I walked into a jiujitsu gym, got on the mat, and within 2 minutes I was completely humbled. Jiujitsu has completely changed every aspect of my life. It has taught me to be patient, kind, to work hard, but most of all - it has taught me to be humble. This has directly translated to my personal and professional life.
The video I have attached was from NAGA tournament in Myrtle Beach. This tournament was particularly important to me because: A) I'm from Myrtle Beach; B) I started jiujitsu in MB and my original coach and team would be there competing; and C) my new jiujitsu team (and family now) from Charleston was with me. I put a lot of pressure on myself. Out of 4 tournaments, I walked home with 7 golds and 1 silver. The attached video is the match I lost. It was also the best match of my life. The guy was covered in tattoos, very intimidating, But, I try and not judge a book by its cover. He beat me by a technicality. Technically, won the match, but out of respect for jiujitsu, my opponent, and my team - I did not complain or make a fuss. After the match, my opened commended me on my heart and said that he could not compete anymore after our match. I congratulated him, told him to keep going, and I hope to see him at the next match. He ended packing his bag, leaving, then coming back, I actually beat him our second match. Come to find out, he was a recovering alcoholic. He's been sober since he found jiujitsu roughly 1.5 years ago. I told him that was more important that any medal. We are friends to this day. We speak all the time and I plan on teaching him how to surf. Point of the story: 1) failures worth more than winning; 2) never judge a book by its cover; and 3) exercise - whether via jiujitsu - surfing - and etc. can truly save your life.
Ideas from Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC
#chs #sc support staff renewal: office yoga with instructor Jeanne Anne! @SCBAR #livingabovethebar
Book Review: The Anxious Lawyer, An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Through Mindfulness and Meditation
By Jeena Cho & Karen Gifford
I am sure that many reading this could imagine he Anxious Lawyer being the title of a novel loosely based on their own life story. As Cho, Gifford and others have pointed out, anxiety seems to come part and parcel with the law degree. Many of us feel anxiety is necessary in order to keep our clients and ourselves from falling into legal and professional traps. But surely we can also recognize that there are times when failing to let go of our anxiety has caused the very problems we are so anxious to avoid.
Cho and Gifford, both attorneys who have spent years on the front lines of the legal profession, offer a solution to combat, or at least cope, with the pressures and stress that all of us who have chosen a career in the law face, day after day, year after year. Their new book, he Anxious Lawyer, is an easy-to-read introductory guide into mindfulness training, specifically geared to those in our profession. The book opens with an introduction containing a litany of the harrowing statistics on attorney substance abuse and mental health issues that we are all somewhat familiar with, even if we are in denial about ourselves.
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Book Review by M. Allison Moon, Esq., of Moon Law Firm in Greenville, South Carolina. Author, Jeena Cho, will be a presenter during the Wellness Committee activities at SC Bar Convention in January 2017.
Overcome the Stress Status Quo: Simple Solutions to Bust Stress and Increase Productivity
By guest blogger, Stephanie A. Williams, Esq., CPT, CHHC, of the Maine Bar
A couple years ago, I found myself at the bottom of a bottle of wine, attempting to erase the day full of obstinate opposing counsel, a too-long hearing, and an email inbox overflowing with demands. I paired my alcohol with a side of something boxed and processed and finished the meal with a dessert of self-loathing. Not surprisingly, at the time, I suffered from regular migraines, incessant heartburn, and, as a result, I practiced law inefficiently and less effectively. Finally yielding to my inner get-this-stress-thing-under-control voice, I underwent my own brand of medicine, evaluating my lifestyle and health habits, and made a plan to prioritize my health and reduce my stress. Funny thing happened when I did that: I became more focused and efficient, or, in other words, a better lawyer.
Because I know I’m not alone in my desire to maintain excellent health and focus, I pre-sent a few of my favorite ways to stay healthy and on the ball. I suggest implementing a couple methods at a time and maybe slowly introducing others - you don’t need additional stress!
- Set 3 + 3 Goals. My Rule of 3 + 3 is by far the most effective tool in my stress reduction arsenal. For each day, week, month, and year, write down 3 tasks you will complete for your legal practice or personal life. These tasks should be (1) specific, (2) concrete, and (3) small(ish). For example, one daily goal task should not be “draft motion for summary judgment”. Although specific and somewhat concrete, that task is not small. Consider instead goals such as “drafting argument section” or “ draft affidavit to the motion”. Taking small, specific bites out of your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly to-do lists reduces overwhelm and stress. Additionally, you feel accomplished when you complete your three tasks, which guarantees you will become more productive overall.
- Cook Once, Eat Twice. Or three times. Maybe four. Preparing meals at home ensures that you eat the most nutrient dense food while controlling unwanted and un-necessary ingredients from entering your diet. This combo translates into maintaining energy and focus throughout the day, leading to increased productivity.By cooking dinner on a weeknight and doubling or tripling the recipe, you also reduce stress because you know what’s for lunch, dinner, or both, the next few days. Twofer!
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Stephanie A. Williams, Esq., CPT, CHHC practices law part-time as special counsel for an international law firm, having joined that firm in February 2016 after working as shareholder and director of a Maine-based law firm. Stephanie’s passion, supporting her colleagues to get real about stress reduction and achieving their health goals, turned into her business, stephaniewilliams.com, in January 2016 (and, yes! Stephanie’s law firm knows about her biz and is very encouraging). When Stephanie’s not in court or helping to heal her colleagues, you can find Stephanie running, paddleboarding, traveling the world, playing with her dog, or hanging out with her husband and family.
Tips from the South Carolina Bar:
Kaitlyn Swicegood, of Charleston, SC
“The first place my tension and stress goes--the shoulders. It hangs out under the shoulder blades and up into my neck. I know it's time to chill when they flare up. This is an awesome way to open up. Where do you store your tension? #tension. #stress #shoulderopener #twist #bind #yoga #swicegoodyoga #livingabovethebar”
Suanne Ansari, of Suanne Monica Ansari, LLC
“As many solos, I find it challenging to fit in a vacation and find the next best thing is a day riding my road bike on the scenic trails at Kiawah Island. I'm getting in a great cardio workout, and melting stress away spending the day outdoors in nature.”