Wellness, Self-Care & Balance

This is now recognized as an extremely important subject, best handled via prevention.

You can help prevent the demands of your job and your other needs from getting “out of whack,” or restore balance by deliberately improving your time management – but make sure to plan and take lots of downtime, restful vacations and other activities that are not work. Please see the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society resources on Time/Priority Management/Productivity.

Consider, as an employer, deliberately adopting policies and creating expectations that encourage your employees and yourself to remain healthy.


The Canadian Bar Association, “CBA Well-Being”, (n.d.). cba.org.

Law Society of Ontario, “Managing Stress, Finding Work-Life Balance”, (January 2021).

Gazette. lso.ca.

James Rossiter, “True Flexibility: Work/Life Balance is Customizable for Each Lawyer” (n.d.). The Canadian Bar Association. cba.org.

Nefra MacDonald, “Work-Life Balance for Lawyers”, (August 2023). Clio. clio.com.

International Bar Association, “IBA Professional Wellbeing Commission Webinar Series: What are the key elements to develop a positive workplace culture in law?” (5 September 2023) Online: webinar. ibanet.org.

If you know someone who might need help

  • Every lawyer, at least at one point in their career, could take advantage of the Lawyers’ Assistance Program. It’s a service you already pay for. See what they might have to help with whatever challenge.