Yoga that fights fires, fleabags of friendship, and the joy of doing nothing

“True success comes from softening and becoming more resilient rather than hardened by the challenges of business.” So wrote Addie Greco-Sanchez, whose company AGS Rehab celebrated its 20th anniversary this week, surrounded by friends and family. Pictured: Anthony, Addie, Erick and Samantha Sanchez.

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

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“People relish autumn days precisely because they’re reminders of how much we cannot afford to take for granted.”
~ Pico Iyer



  • FIRST RESPONDERS TO YOGA. From disrupted sleep to the trauma of repeated exposure to tragedy, there are few jobs more stressful than that of first responder. “Our mental health can be garbage,” says firefighter Peyton Perrier. According to a white paper on the mental health of first responders, police and firefighters are at a heightened risk for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. More police officers and fire fighters die from suicide than in the line of duty. Yoga practices can help first responders handle the emotional, physical, and psychological stressors that they encounter in their jobs. By strengthening the connection of mind to body through increased mindfulness, and using the breath to manage the stress response, first responders are better able to bring their bodies back to calm after high-intensity events. Those who have been through the Yoga for First Responders program, experienced improved sleep, better focus, and an overall sense of greater wellbeing. If yoga can help this highly-stressed population, imagine what it can do for you…

“Yoga is going to improve your sleep when you go home or it’s going to improve your day, your attitude, and your physical body.”
~ Firefighter Peyton Perrier

  • FLEABAGS OF FRIENDSHIP. Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag was the surprise winner of comedy, acting, and writing awards at last Sunday’s Emmys, but for Lynne, friendship was the night’s biggest winner. Lots has been written about how human connection suffers when we use our devices as diminished substitutes, but few make as compelling an argument as Jonathan Safran Foer does in “How Not to Be Alone.”

“I worry that the closer the world get to our fingertips, the further it gets from our hearts.”
Jonathan Safran Foer

  • CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER. Curiosity is a quality we celebrate in our book The 5-Minute Recharge, but did you know there are two very different types of curiosity that create two very different emotional states, one pleasant and the other unpleasant? If you want to know what they are, and what you can do with your curiosity superpower, click here. If you clicked or are terribly tempted to click, you experienced D-curiosity, the D standing for deprivation. Clickbait headlines try to draw on this type of curiosity that stirs unpleasant feelings of emotional itchiness. The pleasant type of curiosity that we promote in our book is I-curiosity, interest curiosity driven by a hunger for knowledge. Humanity has thrived due to our collective I-curiosity, and individually we are rewarded for our interest in the world around us with a sense of wellbeing. What are you curious to learn more about?

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
– Albert Einstein


“Only those items which I notice shape my mind—without selective interest, experience is an utter chaos.”
― Jenny Odell, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Your 5-Minute challenge is to follow Jenny Odell’s example: sit for five minutes and do nothing except try to look at your surroundings as if you were encountering them for the first time.

What did you see that you never noticed before?

Lynne saw a phone jack she never knew existed, proving that getting jacked up on the familiar is something that is always available to us.

“It’s a reminder that you’re alive.” Jenny Odell describes the impetus for her do nothing book