When this hits you'll feel no pain
Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Welcome to The 5-Minute Recharge with 1 quote, 3 ideas, and a 5-minute challenge to supercharge your wellness.
Five Good Minutes
“5 good minutes of:
-pushups is a solid workout
-sprints will leave you winded
-writing can deliver 1 good page
-reading can finish an insightful article
-a phone call can rekindle a relationship
-meditation can reset your mood.”
WHEN IT HITS YOU FEEL NO PAIN Science has finally caught up with Bob Marley who was decades ahead of his time when he sang about the pain-erasing effects of music. Music can indeed soothe and distract us from discomfort, which is why Lynne always listens to music at the gym. We know that scary music makes horror movies scarier, classical music makes it easier to focus, and relaxing music calms our addled minds. MRIs reveal that there isn't a part of the brain that music doesn't touch, yet there's still much mystery in music that's far beyond the reach of the MRI machine. Like, how can a person whose memory is limited to the past fifteen seconds retrieve long-ago musical memories, or how is it that music can enable Gabby Giffords, who lost the ability to speak due to a gunshot wound, find her voice? And why on earth did actress Mary Steenburgen emerge from minor arm surgery to feel like her brain was “only music”? Who knows, but the Mary Steenburgen story is a lesson for all of us: she was tormented by the music in her head, yet when she stopped fighting and began to accept it, music led Mary Steenburgen to a new career as a songwriter. Don't be surprised if Steenburgen's song “Glasgow” from the film Wild Rose is nominated for Best Original Song at the 2020 Academy Awards. And be sure to check out our uplifting 5-Minute Recharge playlist on Spotify!
“There's so much more capability in our brains than we probably realize, and agreeing to diminishment and shutting down doors is a choice that we all make for ourselves. It turns out you don't really have to do that.”
DON'T BOOK AN AFTERNOON COLONOSCOPY! Dan Pink never books an afternoon appointment for his colonoscopy. Why? Because studies have shown that endoscopists find twice as many polyps in colonoscopies in morning exams versus afternoon exams. Endoscopists, like many of us, experience an afternoon slump when they just don't want to see another anus walk through the door. Like it or not, we're affected by our chronobiology: we're not at our best all the time. Research shows that we move through the day in three phases--peak, trough and recovery. Knowing when you're at your best and matching your schedule to your state will make your work day more satisfying (and your medical procedures more successful). Do work that requires focused attention when you're in a peak state which for most of us is in the morning, and leave administrative tasks such as email for the troughs. Activities requiring creativity are best scheduled during the recovery stage when our brains are looser. Oh, and be sure to take a walking break at 2:55 p.m....
“The typical worker reaches the most unproductive moment of the day at 2:55 p.m.”
— Dan Pink
RELAX LIKE A POLYMATH Elite performers have something in common: they know when to physically and psychologically detach from work. Nobel Prize-winning scientists are about 25 times more likely to sing and dance than the average scientist, 17 times more likely to create visual art, and 12 times more likely to write poetry. When he hit a roadblock in his work, Einstein would take a break to play the piano or violin, and would often finish his performance with “There now, I've got it.” The solution to the problem he was grappling with in his work had appeared while he played. Polymaths such as Einstein are people who are accomplished in multiple fields. You may not be an Einstein, or a Da Vinci who excelled in anatomy, mathematics and art, but never before in history has it been so easy to branch out into an entirely new field and use your experience as a polymath to enliven all that you do.
“You can get in the zone and be very productive up until a certain point, then you need to change your activity in order to come back to it in an optimal state.”
– Waqas Ahmed, author of The Polymath: Unlocking the Power of Human Versatility
5-MINUTE RECHARGE CHALLENGE:
“Don’t swear so much -- it’s not cute.”
―From rule #12 of Richard Jenrette's 24 rules for success
(Image below: Richard Jenrette's handwritten rules)
When Wall Street legend Richard Jenrette passed away at age 89, he left behind on his desk a list entitled, “What I Learned (How to Succeed),” 24 rules that were read aloud at his funeral. We think it's a terrific idea to commit your rules for living to writing so that you can refer to them often, such as when you're planning the week ahead, making important decisions, or simply want to be reminded of what you need to keep top of mind. This week's 5-Minute Challenge is to take five minutes to quickly draft a list of rules for living. They're not the Ten Commandments. You don't have to get it right the first time. Simply draft a list without thinking too much. You may want to do this in the afternoon (see Idea #1) when your mind is most flexible. Refer to Richard Jenrette's list if you're looking for some inspiration.
“Have some fun – but not all the time!”
May your week ahead be fun (but not all the time), Lynne & Addie