Following the launch of its #BeKindWeCare campaign, The Conveyancing Foundation last week hosted a free webinar on stress management to help those in the property and conveyancing industry cope with rising levels of mental health concerns following an unprecedented year.
Angus Lyon, a property lawyer for 30 years, now working as counsellor, compares the warning signs of stress to hours on a clock face, saying it is hard to see the burnout coming but it is “possible to wind back the clock”.
Lawyer and author, Hannah Beko, believes that legal, property and conveyancing professions are particularly prone to stress because so many people try and be the “superhero” that does it all.
“We are trying to be everything to everyone and we can’t delegate,” she said.
She talked about the origins of stress in the brain and how we could “take some of that control back” by using techniques such as “journaling” and meditation.
The webinar ended with a panel discussion about the need to change workplace culture to ensure wellbeing is taken far more seriously and how technology can be used to provide mental health resources.
Mental health in the workplace
The Conveyancing Foundation is focusing on mental health in the workplace during 2021, particularly in the wake of the pandemic and the increased workload those in the industry have faced triggered by the Stamp Duty holiday.
It is working with expert partners LawCare, who provide mental health support for the legal profession, Agents Together, who provide mental health support for estate agents and the Mindstep Foundation which funds research into the causes of mental health.
Georgia Davies from The Conveyancing Foundation said: “We have already had some great feedback from this webinar that the practical tips and techniques on identifying and dealing with stress have been very beneficial.”
“We have a calendar of events throughout the year focusing on promoting mental health and wellbeing. We hope to reach out to as many people as possible in the industry and make a positive difference.
The Foundation’s first webinar was sponsored by Redbrick Solutions, UHY, the Conveyancing Academy and Conveyancing Data Services.
The webinar is available to watch here.