Time-free zones, peak energy and guilty pleasures

Photo: The Norwegian island that wants to be timeless…


“All over the world, people are characterized by stress and depression. In many cases this can be linked to the feeling of being trapped, and here the clock plays a role. We will be a time-free zone where everyone can live life to the fullest.”

–Kjell Ove Hveding wants the Norwegian island of Sommarøy to be a time-free zone 

Welcome to The 5-Minute Recharge newsletter that wants to be a time-free zone.

1. Lydia Davis specializes in flash fiction, the shortest of short stories that pack an emotional punch. Her story “Everyone Cried” describes emotional contagion in the world of work…

“By the time he was ready to leave for lunch, tears of frustration would be running down his cheeks. If an acquaintance stopped by the office to take him to lunch, he would turn his back and ignore that person. Then that person’s eyes, too, would well up with tears.”
Lydia Davis describes how workplace stress is transmitted

The Harvard Business Review uses a few more than 500 words to describe how when we’re stressed out we stress out everyone around us. Therefore, self-care, far from self-indulgent, is really a selfless act that protects the people around us from our bad vibes. The de-stress recipe we describe in The 5-Minute Recharge is simple: get adequate sleep, be physically active, take time to reflect and make time to connect.

Tim Herrera of The New York Times describes the amazing power of sleep:

2. Exercise has been shown to relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety and trauma, and is prescribed by the National Health Service in the UK for people living with mental health issues. Physical activity is crucial for our mental health, but what is it about exercise that makes it so good for the mind?

Senior athletes remind us that physical activity can ignite passion at any age.

“Age is just a number. It’s what you carry inside of you and your desire that makes you who you are.”
Kathy Meares, winner of the gold medal in the 70-to-74 age group of the 1,500-meter power walking event at the 2019 National Senior Games

3. In this podcast/article entitled 3 Ways to Calculate Your Peak Energy, you’ll find the answers to these questions:

  • When is the best time to exercise?
  • When should you schedule deep work sessions?
  • When are you likely to be most creative?

4. “Make a couple of new friends every year. Think outside the box for this one. Friends are often hidden in the most unexpected places.”
-A 91-year-old grandmother offers advice on living a positive, fulfilling life

Here are a few tips on how to converse with strangers who may turn out to be friends in hidden places.

As humans we are wired to connect and when we neglect our closest relationships we suffer both mentally and physically. A recent study by health insurer Cigna found that overuse of social media is a driver of loneliness, but social media can also be a boon to real connection when it’s used strategically to seek out and schedule face-to-face time with friends, ideally to engage in activities such as volunteering that support wellbeing.

“Real, face-to-face time with people [is important], and the activity part of it makes it fun and enjoyable and gives people an excuse to get together.”
Dr. Stuart Lustig

5. The fast five: