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Quick-Practice Well-Being Pocket Skills

August 9th, 2021

By: Duke Integrative Medicine Psychotherapy Team It is natural to feel afraid, exhausted, and overwhelmed as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters of life during a pandemic. Maintaining mobility in our bodies and a sense of connection to self and others will help us to ride the waves of our varied emotions rather than crashing with them. Check out our ...

Elevate Your Mind-Body Connection With Guided Imagery

May 28th, 2021

By Duke Integrative Medicine Programs Team Guided imagery, or visualization, encompasses several techniques meant to explore our beliefs and attitudes about ourselves and the world around us by tapping into our subconscious mind. This exploration is intended to impact our physical and mental well-being, bringing about positive changes such as relaxation, better focus, and improved performance. Guided imagery has many uses ...

Mindful Holidays During a Pandemic

December 23rd, 2020

By: Riitta H Rutanen Whaley, Mindfulness Instructor, Yoga Teacher The current global COVID-19 pandemic has led to a holiday season, unlike anything most of us have experienced before. We may be grieving the death of a loved one, have been sick or limited in our movement, seen our children miss their friends and school, or lost some or all of ...

Eight Simple Things You Can Do to Renew Your Sense of Purpose and Health

August 21st, 2020

By Kathleen J. Murray, LSW, MSW. Clinical Social Worker. Duke Diet & Fitness Center. Many people, at this point in the COVID crisis, are experiencing a sense of low-grade depression, emptiness, grief, and loneliness. One of the remedies for this is to discover and/or renew our sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Self-Coaching to Increase Personal Mindfulness Practice

September 5th, 2018

By Julie Kosey, MS, PCC, RYT, NBC-HWC We all know the benefits of personal practice. However, it remains challenging for most of us to prioritize it in our full and busy lives. Here are a few tips that might help: Consider your practice. Consider how your mindfulness practice supports your vision of ...

Reiki and the Power of Gratitude

August 15th, 2018

By Deborah Dixon, Reiki Master Teacher Reiki Principles Just for today, I will not anger Just for today, I will not worry Just for today, I will be grateful Just for today, I will do my work honestly Just for today, I will be kind to all living things hands in gratitude pose The Reiki principles open the practitioner to ...

Four Keys to Building Stress Hardiness and Resilience

July 11th, 2018

By Linda Smith, PA, MS Chronic stress underlies more than 50% of physician visits and is a factor in most, if not all, chronic diseases. It’s a part of our every day lives. So what do we do about it? Key Number One:  Get Up and Move! One of the most researched and effective stress reduction strategies is movement ...

Mind-Body Techniques: Chair Yoga – Part Two

September 6th, 2017

By Jocelyn Weiss, PhD, MPH Last week we posted six chair yoga poses that you could perform to break up sedentary behavior during your day at work. Now, we would like to share six more poses that you could incorporate into a daily routine. These short exercises provide you with an opportunity to take a mental break, stretch your ...

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