The Lawyer’s Well-Being Brief

All movement and no recovery make for a poor pillar.

Marc W. Crayton

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“Don’t limit your challenges — challenge your limits.”- Unknown

We are back to Pilar # 1 today, Movement and Recovery. It may seem counterintuitive that the more you engage in Movement, the more you need to engage in Recovery. Movement and Recovery may seem like opposites, but they are interrelated.

In the book Rest — Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, he argues that work and rest are not opposites. He is a global programs and research manager for 4 Day Week Global, a nonprofit devoted to advancing the 4-day week. He is also the author of four books, including Shorter: Work Better, Smarter, and Less – Here’s How; Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less; and The Distraction Addiction.

“I argue that we misunderstand the relationship between work and rest. Work and rest are not polar opposites. You cannot talk about rest without also talking about work. Writing about only one is like writing a romance and naming only one of the lovers. Rest is not work’s adversary. Rest is work’s partner. They complement and complete each other.

Further, you cannot work well without resting well. Some of history’s most creative people, people whose achievements in art and science and literature are legendary, took rest very seriously. They found that in order to realize their ambitions, to do the kind of work they wanted to, they needed rest. The right kinds of rest would restore their energy while allowing their muse, that mysterious part of their minds that helps drive the creative process, to keep going.

So work and rest aren’t opposites like black and white or good and evil; they’re more like different points on life’s wave. You can’t have a crest without a trough. You can’t have the highs without the lows. Neither can exist without the other.”

Work and rest are not polar opposites, and neither are Movement and Recovery. You can talk about Movement without talking about Recovery, and vice versa, but then you are missing one half of Pillar # 1. Recovery is not Movement’s adversary. Recovery is Movement’s partner. They complement and complete each other.

Consistently moving and consistently recovering is what we are striving for. My consistent moving is 3 or 4 workouts a week 10,000 to 12, 000 steps a day, and 5–10 minutes of mobility work 4 or 5 days a week. Your movement and recovery are going to look different than mine. That’s fine. Do what works for you.

There will be days when we move a lot and there will be days when we don’t and there will be days that are somewhere in between. The same holds for our recovery. Embrace the process and enjoy the well-being journey!

Forward, always!

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Marc W. Crayton

I help newer, younger lawyers make better well-being decisions so that they can thrive personally and professionally. Forward, always!