When the law is involved people have little say. Their fate is then in the hands of those trying to either prosecute or defend them with all their expertise. It is a mental peace of mind, if you are in this situation, to know that there is a good legal team behind you and fighting your corner. This is whether guilty or not guilty. Your defending lawyer will be doing everything that they can to either prove you innocent, if you have pleaded that way, or to mitigate your guilt.
With reputations or freedoms at stake and a particularly worrying time ahead, we shall think about how best someone can prepare mentally for the weeks and months ahead.
Mentally, defendants need to feel ready for a course case. This is about timing the preparation right. Many will be fed up with talking through the same details time and time again with police and then with lawyers. This approach is used initially with police to catch people out who have made up their stories. The real story can never be forgotten, though, and that is the one you will need to tell lawyers about if they are to help you effectively.
A lawyer will inform you when it is time to talk again. So, there should be no need to keep going over the same details in your mind until then, or it will simply drive you to insanity. Instead, only refresh your memory closer to the interview with your lawyer that will prepare you for the court case. Do, however, ask a lawyer in-between when questions randomly pop into your head, because their answers can often put your mind at rest when your over-active imagination is thinking the worst.
Nothing can help you forget about what is to be faced, but relaxation techniques are a useful stress reliever in any situation. They can slow heart rates and lower blood pressure. Relaxing will help with digestion and reduce muscle tension. They will also lower fatigue, which we will mention in the next section. The techniques below will help with also reducing the anger and frustration felt from what has happened. Relaxing in any of these ways will give a boost to confidence and help anyone facing a court case, whether as the accused or a member of their family.
So, some useful relaxation techniques are as follows.
Aromatherapy – has a sedative effect that helps with sleep. Lavender aromatherapy is thought to help calm anxiety because of the impact it has on the limbic system, which is the part of the brain that controls our emotions.
Deep breathing – lowers stress levels in the body. This is because the action of breathing deeply will send a message to our brain and therefore out to our whole body to calm down and relax.
Massage – releases muscle tension. Your muscles will invariably tense up in response to stressful situations.
Music and Art Therapy – helps because creating art will influence our brain patterns and then substances will be released from our brain that reduces our stress and will tackle both fear and anxiety. There is much to fear from a court case where the outcome is less than certain. Lawyers can advise but judges and juries make the ultimate decisions.
Tai chi – is a graceful form of exercise that reduces stress. Many describe it as a meditation in motion. This serene approach can work wonders with its gentle and flowing movements that will take away anxiety.
Do not dismiss any of these, whether the accused or a family member trying to cope, because nobody has to know that you use them, only close relatives. Somebody up-tight will find it difficult to cope with life and think clearly when needed, so the ability to relax is the most important thing in any awkward situation that you might find yourself in by unwise association or because of a bad decision made that you are now trying to put right.
Sleeping can be the hardest thing to do in times of trouble. However, there are techniques for achieving a better night’s sleep. For instance, what you eat or drink can make a significant difference when it comes to having sweet dreams.
A list of what will aid sleep is no bad thing to know. It might include almonds, chamomile tea, fatty fish, kiwifruit, tart cherries, walnuts, and warm milk. Fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna, contains omega 3, and I guess it has to be warm milk.
So, there we have it. The perfect preparation for a court case where the ability to relax and think with clarity is esssentital when it comes to fighting for justice or achieving the best possible outcome.