The Power of Pause: From Peak Stress to Peak Vitality

Emilian Popa
2 min readNov 13, 2023

Over the past few weeks, my stress levels skyrocketed, a tangible sign of the thin line between high ambition and personal well-being. To shed light on this, I’m sharing some revealing data from my Oura ring, which captured these moments of heightened stress = 4 hours of day stress, zero restored.

Realizing the need for a reset, I embarked last minute on a three-day retreat, a journey back to my center. This wasn’t just any retreat; it was an immersive experience combining holotropic breathwork sessions, meditation, and cutting-edge brain optimization using various devices, including EEG tests. Each element played a crucial role in restoring balance.

The retreat also provided an opportunity for quality sleep, often overlooked yet vital for comprehensive well-being. These three days were transformative, blending ancient practices with modern technology to achieve a state of profound mental clarity and calm.

Emerging from this experience, I felt renewed, energized, and ready to embrace my mission of changing the world with a rejuvenated spirit. The post-retreat data from my Oura ring tells a compelling story of this transformation: a return to tranquility and control, paving the way for high-impact, sustainable work.

To those feeling overwhelmed by the relentless pace of life, remember this: Integrating mindfulness, breathwork, and brain optimization isn’t just about finding peace; it’s about recharging your inner power to make a meaningful impact in the world. 🌍✨

#Mindfulness #StressManagement #BrainOptimization #HealthTech

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Emilian Popa

obsessed about health optimization and on a mission to improve global health outcomes