Burnt out Swedes, mindfulness over matter and the wisdom of one day at a time

Recharging on the beach–sorry if our sandwriting isn’t legible–is what makes Europeans the most productive workers in the world. The Economist says so.


“Summer is near and Frankie will take a nap for a while.” 

A bar in Cyprus announces its summer vacation without a return date.


Welcome to The 5-Minute Recharge Newsletter with the latest news in wellness for sun and surf.


Solvitur ambulando — “It is solved by walking…”
4th-century-B.C. Greek philosopher Diogenes

In The 5-Minute Recharge we talk about the importance of engaging in physical activity throughout the day, not just at the gym. Periodically going for a walk is a great way to recharge, and when you do so, you’re walking in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest thinkers such as Nietzsche, Hemingway and Darwin who knew that moving your body is a great way to jog your brain. “Methinks the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow,” wrote Henry Thoreau, and science is finally catching up to Walden Pond’s most famous walker. Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara is an avid walker who has studied its antidepressant, memory-boosting and creativity-cultivating properties: “One of the great overlooked superpowers we have” O’Mara says, “is that, when we get up and walk, our senses are sharpened.” Walking is surely the cheapest and most accessible wellness superpower, and the easiest to weave into everyday life, so let’s get walking because according to research we’re sitting more than ever, an average of 6.4 hours per day.


Still struggling to make meditation a habit? Well, have we got a treat for you! Jon Krop is a Harvard-trained lawyer who teaches meditation to other lawyers. He credits meditation with turning his life around, and if mediation can soothe the mind of a lawyer, imagine what it can do for you. In conversation with Chris Bailey, Jon talks about the practical benefits of meditation, suggests ways to turn meditation into a habit, and makes a clever argument for how meditation lengthens your life. And while you’re in a meditative mood, we recommend you watch this wonderful Mindfulness over Matter talk from the queen of mindfulness, Harvard professor Ellen Langer.


Much of what we’re hoping for is weeks, months or years in the future, if it happens at all, and hope has a way of inviting impatience. Focusing on taking life one day at a time, we prepare ourselves for the long haul and remember that an improvement may best be achieved when we attend to the fiddly things the day asks of us and achieve one or two small wins. When you take life one day at a time nature takes on a more vibrant hue, so when you seize the day today be on the lookout for something awesome.

How natural and tempting to put one’s faith in the bountifulness of the years but how much wiser it might be to bring all one’s faculties of appreciation and love to bear on that most modest and most easily dismissed of increments, the day already in hand.
–Alain de Botton


Who would have thought that the Swedes, the people who celebrate moderation of lagom and enjoy fika breaks with cinnamon buns and coffee, are experiencing skyrocketing rates of burnout? The reasons are complex, but it seems the Swedes approach their non-work hobby time with the same gusto they approach their work. The problem is that your brain can’t tell when you’re hard at work or engrossed in a hobby…it’s all the same endurance test.

I usually go out on walks to just clear my head and leave my phone at home. Before my burnout, I really needed to prove myself…and now I would say I am a lot kinder to myself…that’s what’s most important. ~ Cecilia Axeland, Swedish Burnout Sufferer

Walking is a burnout-busting superpower!


Wishing you a week ahead in which you enjoy one day at a time,
Lynne & Addie…and if you enjoyed this newsletter, please hit a button below and share the recharge with a friend!

Bonus: Addie recharging on the beach…