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Don't travel like George Clooney!

Welcome to The 5-Minute Recharge with 1 quote, 3 ideas, and a 5-minute challenge to supercharge your wellness.

1 QUOTE: The Best Game Day Prep

“The first thing and the most important thing that I do is that I meditate every single day...because that is how I train my mind to go where I need it to go as opposed to being this wild untrained force that's running all over the place and creating havoc.”

Molly Bloom describes how she prepared for a meeting with screenwriter and director Aaron Sorkin that resulted in the movie Molly's Game


UNCONTAINED AND UNPLUGGED Would you spend five months alone on a container ship to escape from technology? Media professor Robert Hassan did just that, traveling alone from Melbourne to Singapore with five books and no electronic devices. Hassan's journey was prompted by the belief he was losing more than hours each day to a digital sinkhole--he was losing himself in a constant present in which he was always on and always available. He wanted to break free of his digital prison, but soon after boarding the ship on his seafaring digital detox, all his books were read--including, appropriately, Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. Hassan was left with nothing to occupy his days except follow his curiosity. He began thinking about his own history, his life, and his memories. He disassembled and reassembled a chair, and discovered the minutiae of objects around him. Hassan began sleeping in two phases like our pre-industrial ancestors did, waking up in the middle of the night to walk around the ship and gaze at the stars without being stressed about not sleeping for eight continuous hours. After he completed his five-week detox, Hassan returned to normal life calmer with a desire to do the container ship experiment again...and to write about it.

“My sensitivity to media has changed and I curate my life much more than I used to. I would encourage people to think about how to control their own life as opposed to the big tech companies who want to keep us online all the time.” ― Robert Hassan

SHOULD BUSINESS TRAVEL COME WITH A WARNING LABEL? Ah, the smell of recycled air in the morning, the harsh glow of artificial airport light, and the cold touch of rubber TSA hands caressing your body after you forgot to remove a metallic item from your body because you're exhausted after another night of fitful sleep in an unfamiliar bed far from friends and family. What if you decided to live the life of a hardcore business traveler full-time, hopping from hub to hub, with nothing, with nobody? This is the premise of the 2009 George Clooney movie Up in the Air...

Up in the Air is a story about extreme business travel that doesn't end well for Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) although he does reach his goal of 10 million air miles. Research reinforces art in a new study that finds business travellers are more prone than non-travellers to suffer from mental health problems, and the more frequent the travel, the more likely the problem. Executives who spend more than 14 days a month away for business travel are 60% more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression, and one out of four travellers who take at least four trips by air and spend 35 days away from home will quit their job in the next two years. For the sake of your health, choose the video conference if you can.

“You know that moment when you look into somebody's eyes and you can feel them staring into your soul and the whole world goes quiet for just a second?...Well, I don't.” — George Clooney as Ryan Bingham in Up in the Air

FREE THERAPY Twitter can be a snake pit of biting opinions and hissing wisecracks, but it can also be a group hug of mutual support and encouragement as it was recently when author Caroline Moss posed this question: What was the best thing you learned in therapy?

Here are some of our favourite responses (in no particular order):

  1. Every time you resist feeling an emotion, it goes down to the basement to lift weights.

  2. If you can see the train wreck from a mile away, there's still time to hop off the train.

  3. Don't react. Sit with it until you know what you feel. Sit with it.

  4. Do not attempt to understand why a dysfunctional person does what they do.

  5. Anxiety is not intuition.

  6. Anger is pain pretending to be powerful.

  7. Identify behaviour that helped you cope with growing up in a dysfunctional family, but doesn't serve you well as an adult.

  8. Be a good parent to yourself.

  9. It's okay to not be busy and to not offer to others a reason you do or don't do each thing

  10. .If you take care of your body during times of crisis, it will take care of you.

  11. The brain is like a wheat field. Old pathways are worn and easy to tread. You have to choose a new path again and again before it becomes easier to walk.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou


“When we take time to notice the things that go right - it means we're getting a lot of little rewards throughout the day.”

―Martin Seligman, author of Flourish

Psychologist Martin Seligman, one of the founders of the field of positive psychology, proposes a daily routine he calls What Went Well. Writing down three things that went well sounds like a typical gratitude practice until we get to Seligman's follow-up question that is essential to this 5-minute recharge challenge: why did it go well?

Asking why something went well encourages us to acknowledge the positive role others play in our lives. A Harvard Business Review article entitled, “Stop Making Gratitude All About You” reinforces the idea that although we may be on the receiving end of the good feelings that gratitude brings, gratitude can also strengthen our relationships. So as a bonus to this challenge, reach out and thank the person or people who contributed to your What Went Well, focusing on their positive qualities rather than how their actions made you feel.

Here's a template for the exercise if you're the kind of person who likes filling in blanks:

1.What went well:

Why did it go well?:

Bonus: Who can I thank and how can I thank them?:

2.What went well:

Why did it go well?:

Bonus: Who can I thank and how can I thank them?:

3.What went well:

Why did it go well?:

Bonus: Who can I thank and how can I thank them?:

“Wellbeing cannot exist just in your own head. Wellbeing is a combination of feeling good as well as actually having meaning, good relationships and accomplishment.”

―Martin Seligman

Wishing you a week of feeling good, meaning, good relationships and accomplishment,

Lynne & Addie

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