September 2020 Chapter News
Chapter President
Melissa Hansen



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It's something we all know. It's intuitive and we have heard the simple truth many times: You can't take care of other people unless you take care of yourself first.

Selfcare is the bottom line, and we all need to find time (even 15 minutes in a busy day) to do whatever nourishes our mind, body and spirit inside and out. To be your best parent, sibling, friend, partner and Legal Administrator - you need to be your best self.

We all know the stats on attorney stress levels, we all know and hear firsthand the stress our staff experiences supporting attorneys. However, how many of us pay attention to our own stress levels as legal managers?
"When stress becomes chronic, it turns into distress. It creates a hostile environment in your body," says Susan B. Johnson, Ed.D., with the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research.

And to make matters worse,
"Physical symptoms of stress often become worse if the stress continues to build," Dr. Johnson says. "Chronic stress also can lead to more serious conditions, such as heart disease, depression, alcoholism and cancer."

So, go ahead and take some time out every day for you! The Staywell Company, LLC suggests the below actions to help you manage the negative effects of stress.
  • Don't isolate yourself - talking to other people helps you realize you're not alone and can help you put a difficult situation in perspective (our Suncoast ALA gaggle email is a great way to find solutions).
  • Pay attention to your diet and health habits - a sensible diet of wholesome, healthful foods can help stabilize your moods. Consuming too much caffeine, sugar and alcohol or any nicotine or illegal drugs can increase your stress, making coping more difficult.
  • Use a variety of relaxation techniques - deep-breathing exercises, progressive relaxation, visualization, creative imagery, yoga, meditation or listening to relaxation tapes can help relieve stress.
  • Balance your life - if work is causing you stress, immerse yourself in a favorite activity when you get home.
Above all, take time for yourself, whether it's for a daily walk, a hot bath or a quiet night at home. Taking good care of yourself helps you let go of stress. And to hear more about managing stress, please join us for the FREE webinar with Jerry V. Teplitz, JD, PhD, being provided to our Chapter members - more information below!


Arleen Davidenko, Chapter Vice President
September Meeting

September 17, 12pm-1pm

Join Florida Bar Representative Judith Equels
on her one-hour webinar:

Ten Ethical Traps and How to Avoid Them
Mrs. Equels leads The Florida Bar's Diversion and Discipline Consultation Service (DDCS). This member consultation service resides within the Florida Bar Legal Division. Prior to this position, Ms. Equels served as the senior practice management advisor and Director of the Florida Bar's Law Office Management Assistance Service (LOMAS). Currently, she assists attorneys enrolled in Florida Bar diversion and discipline related programs, conducting formal administrative management reviews of law firms throughout the state. Ms. Equels has over 35 years of law office and practice management related experience. Before joining The Florida Bar staff as a practice management advisor, Ms. Equels worked as a law firm administrator and law firm management consultant. As a management consultant with Hildebrandt International, she assisted law firms and corporate legal departments in both the United States and Canada. As a legal administrator, Ms. Equels managed offices in several law firms of varying sizes, from small firms to multiple branches of national and international law firms, including Greenberg Traurig. She is an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), and has served in leadership roles at the national, regional, and local levels of ALA for over 38 years. Judith Equels has served as an adjunct professor in law practice management at the Florida State University College of Law and is a frequent speaker at Florida Bar sponsored CLE seminars, professional enhancement workshops.

Something Extra!

Special Date & Time

September 23, 12:30-2:00pm EDT
So, we decided to look for an expert to help you deal with all this stress, and we found a pioneer in the field of stress management - Dr. Jerry V. Teplitz. He has been teaching and writing about how to handle stress since 1974. He has been publishing a monthly blog called Healthy Alternatives for 18 years and is now doing a weekly blog. Respected in his field, Dr. Teplitz was recently inducted as a Legend of the Speaking Profession by the Veteran Speakers Network.
Dr. Teplitz wrote How to Relax and Enjoy..., which was one of the first books in the field - before stress management was even considered a field! His latest iteration of this book is Managing Your Stress in Difficult Times: Succeeding in Times of Change
We decided that Jerry was the right person to show you how to manage your stress in these difficult times, so we have scheduled him to present an online Virtual Speaking Presentation on September 23 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm EDT. In his presentation, you will experience actual techniques that you can use to immediately reduce your level of stress. The pandemic will end, but your level of stress may not, and the long-term health consequences to you may increase. The chaos might continue, but you will now have tools to keep yourself centered - with less stress.
SPECIAL OFFER: When you register for this presentation (free through your Suncoast membership), you will be able to pre-purchase Dr. Teplitz' ebook, Manging Your Stress in These Difficult Times, for the discounted price of $7.99. It will be emailed to you after the Webinar is concluded.

We hope you can join us for this special presentation! Read Dr. Teplitz' bio here.


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