IN A PLANT’S DEFENSE
How to Stay Positive
When Legal Difficulties Leave You Feeling Frustrated
The Interesting Methods They Use to Fight Predators
Our mission is to work tirelessly for our clients to level the legal playing field against insurance companies and negligent parties. We don’t view clients as cases. We value each and every person we have the pleasure to serve, and many of our client relationships become lifelong bonds. These relationships make up the most rewarding aspect of our job, and it’s a major priority for us to understand the complexities and frustrations that clients endure following an accident. The recovery process following a serious injury includes so much more than physical therapy; it often causes a ripple effect, influencing every aspect of clients’ lives. If you’re finding it frustrating or stressful to cope with your legal issues, here are a few tips to help you maintain a positive perspective and focus on your goals. If you remain in a prolonged state of stress, you may cause long- term damage to your health and undermine your ability to make rational, informed decisions. To better cope, develop a ritual you enjoy. Perhaps you'll choose to meditate in the morning or spend more time with your friends and family members. If your physical rehabilitation program allows, you could start taking regular walks or sign up for an exercise class. These techniques can help you feel more empowered to handle the stress associated with legal issues. DEVELOP A COPING STRATEGY
Many trees and plants are beginning to bloom, which means that they will soon have to ward off various predators. Most animals have a fight-or-flight response when faced with a dangerous situation, but plants can’t run or physically fight the dangers they face on a daily basis. However, what they lack in claws and teeth, they make up for in chemical and mechanical defenses. EXTERNAL DEFENSES Many of us are familiar with thorns, prickles, and spines, which are all examples of a plant’s physical defense. But many other plants’ physical defenses are not as obvious. Trees protect themselves with thick, hard-to-eat bark, which is comprised of a natural polymer called lignin. Leaves are often coated in a natural wax, which deters most insects and pathogens. Some leaves have trichomes, which are sharp, hair-like features that stab or prick insects’ legs as they try to land or walk on its surface. Trichomes often also release toxins that can cause irritation and inflammation. Some plants contain microscopic, sharp crystals that puncture and inject chemicals into an animal’s mouth once they’ve bitten it. INTERNAL DEFENSES When a plant’s external defense fails, its internal protection takes charge. A plant lacks an immune system; instead, each cell is programmed to defend against any foreign object that comes in contact with it. If an insect or disease attacks the plant, the plant will thicken its cell walls with waxy plating, close its leaf pores, and kill off sections of itself to preserve the whole plant. Plants also have unique chemicals that are deadly to insects and microbes, some of which we use today as seasonings, medicine, or drugs. In addition to toxic compounds, plants can release hormones into the air that warn neighboring plants or even attract other insects to kill would-be attackers.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY
If you make your personal health a priority, you’ll be better equipped to navigate crisis situations. Eat a balanced diet and give your body the opportunity to get the sleep it needs. By improving your health, you’ll increase your self-control, memory, and emotional intelligence, which will help you respond well to difficult situations.
Pull away from the situation for a while, if only for an hour. When you give yourself time to process a dilemma and the attendant emotions, you’ll be able to approach the situation with a fresh perspective.
ASK FOR HELP
Trying to tackle legal challenges on your own will do nothing but amplify your stress. If you have any questions or concerns or need more advice on navigating legal complexities, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at 404-566-5880.
If you’ve decided to plant a garden this year, take some time to find out which natural defenses your plants wield.
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