Stressing better, wasting time well, and astro-gliding to other dimensions

Thanks to Grimes, medieval fitness may be making a comeback.
Photo: Henry Hustava, Unsplash


“My training is a 360 approach. I first maintain a healthy cellular routine where I maximize the function of my mitochondria with supplements such as NAD+, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Magnesium, etc. This helps promote ATP and it’s incredibly visceral. From that point, I spend 2-4 hours in my deprivation tank. This allows me to “astro-glide” to other dimensions –past, present and future.”
–Singer-songwriter Grimes describes her training regimen that also involves screaming and sword fighting.

Of all the diverse elements in Grimes’ wellness regimen, we can only recommend sleeping with a humidifier.


Welcome to The 5-Minute Recharge Newsletter that astro-glides through the latest news in wellness.

1. “Time management is about asking how we wish to live our lives.”
Laura Vanderkam

Time management guru Laura Vanderkam knows all about how she uses her time, having kept time diaries that have tracked every half hour of her life for the past four years. As we mention in The 5-Minute Recharge, time affluence, the sense that you have enough time to do what you want to do, contributes to overall wellbeing.

In this short podcast interview (you can read a summary if you don’t have time for the podcast) you’ll learn:

  • what are the stories we tell ourselves about the way we spend our time that just aren’t true?
  • why do we feel like we don’t have enough time for leisure?
  • where does the feeling of contentment about how you’ve spent your time come from?
  • what’s a good way to waste time?

Here’s a time-tracking template for those who want to know where the time really goes.

2. “I worry about a lack of physical activity that really leads to all the reasons we get demented.”
Dr. John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School is concerned about the effect of inactivity on dementia.

We never tire of Dr. Ratey’s thoughts on the profound ways physical activity affects the brain. It’s not an idle concern: mental health affects life expectancy. People with a mental illness have a life expectancy that is 20 years lower than the general population. Physical activity can help close that gap.

“There’s strong evidence now exercise can reduce symptoms in a range of mental disorders, from PTSD to depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.”
Dr Simon Rosenbaum, The Lancet Psychiatry Commission

And right on cue to support our argument that physical activity encourages longevity, 96-year-old Roy Englert ran a 42-minute 5K to shatter his age-group’s world record.

3. Stress better with Dan Harris in this interview with Modupe Akinola, an associate professor of management at Columbia Business School, who talks about her meditation practice (including a recent 10-day silent retreat), her research into how stress is linked to creativity, and the benefits of thinking about yourself as a “goodish” person.

4. After suffering through decades of an abusive marriage, at age 50 Claudine Shoval began bodybuilding. Today she’s known as “Israel’s Iron Lady.”

5.  The fast five: