10.15 Managing the Stress of Trial

Going through a trial can be very stressful. At times it is frustrating and can get emotional. It is vital that you take care of yourself leading up to your trial date as well as during.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

It’s not about revenge- Remind yourself what is important to you. Revisit your goals. Try not to get caught up in the battle mentality of court.

Stay calm – Take deep breathes or write notes on your page to remind yourself to relax. Don’t let your emotions control you.

Have support- Bring someone you trust to court with you. They can’t talk to you while court is in session but during breaks and lunch they can encourage you.

Believe in yourself – Tell yourself you can do it. You’ve worked hard to get here be confident .

Fuel your body- Make sure to eat something nutritious for breakfast. 

Rest- get a good night sleep before trial. It’ll benefit you more to be well rested then to stay up preparing the night before.

Stretch – There will be an opportunity to walk around during the court’s morning break, lunch break and afternoon break. Make sure you stretch out your legs at this time.

Breathe- Take deep quiet breathes to help you stay calm and focused.

Be Professional – Stay collected and objective. Don’t get too emotional.


Go through the Before Court Checklist to ensure you are ready.