Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin Winter 2020

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Wellness Perspective: Her View Practicing Self-Care in a Pandemic By Tanisia “Tee” Moore

Above: Tanisia “Tee” Moore. Below: Tee disconnects to spend time with her son.


Since March, like most parents, my children have been at home due to the current pandemic. For the most part, it has been lovely spending the extra time with my family. However, I started craving moments to have time alone to recharge, reflect and rest. But these attempts would prove to be futile because if I wasn’t tending to a child, there was a meal to cook, a client matter to handle, or a book that needed to be revised. Attorneys know first-hand that finding balance is elusive and hard to conceptualize as a rule against perpetuities. Between court hearings, deadlines, depositions, family obligations, church meetings, etc., balance is not usually associated with the legal field. However, it is vital to make self-care a top priority. It is mostly a known fact that substance abuse and mental health issues are rampant in the legal community. Here are three ways to make time for self-care: ► 1) Set boundaries. With no foreseeable end to this pandemic, it seems that we all are going to be working from home. While schools are starting to open back, we can’t predict if and when they will have to shut back down if things don’t get under control. That means having to limit how accessible people are to you. Most communication can indeed be said via email. But that still doesn’t mean you have to respond all day and night to an email, a text or even a smoke single. Unless it’s a real emergency, your response can wait until the next business day. I promise the world won’t crash and burn. ► 2) Be intentional. Take time for