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The 2021 “Best of the Best” in Health and Well-Being

December 21, 2021

As we navigate these unchartered times, self-care has become more important. This year we curated fun and helpful resources to help you expand your well-being toolbox. Interested in getting curated well-being resources directly into your inbox? Subscribe to our  Duke Health & Well-Being newsletter.


Mary Brantley, Duke Health & Well-Being MBSR instructor: “One of the many wonderful things about meditation is once you end a formal sitting meditation, the benefits do not have to stop. There are many different ways to meditate, to bring your attention into the present moment.” Explore the various angles of meditation with these podcasts and books. Curious about mindfulness. Check out our mindfulness programs currently open for registration.

Best Meditation Podcasts 2021
The 7 Best Meditation Books of 2021 – Read your way to less stress and a clearer mind.

Breathing & Breathwork

Every system in the body relies on oxygen. From cognition to digestion, effective breathing can provide you with a greater sense of mental clarity and help you sleep better, digest food more efficiently, improve your body’s immune response, and reduce stress levels. Discover new ways to breathe yourself into a healthier self.

12 Best Books on Breathing and Breathwork – 2021


The pandemic has redefined people’s fitness routines. We now have more options than ever to remain active, from sophisticated home exercise equipment to virtual packages with your favorite wellness facility to safely attending classes at your local gym. Motivate your loved ones with a fitness-supporting gift, decide the best home-exercise option for your home or give the gift of health with a personal training package.

The best home exercise equipment to buy in 2022
Best fitness gifts for 2021
Virtual or In-Person Personal Training package at Duke Health & Fitness Center


At Duke Health & Well-Being, we believe “food is medicine.” Try new healthy recipes, and add texture and flavor to your meals while supporting your digestive, nervous, and immune systems.

40 Healthy Food Blogs to Follow Right Now

Sleep & Rest

Sleep has emerged as one of the most important aspects of well-being. Poor sleep health is a common problem, with 25 percent of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of every 30 days. Like nutrition and physical activity, sleep is a critical determinant of health and well-being. Give the gift of rest with the Sleep Foundation’s best sleep gifts.

Sleep Gifts: What to Give for Better Sleep

Interested in learning integrative techniques to improve rest? Sign up for our January Health & Well-being Smarts Seminar.

Timeless Well-Being Tools That Don’t Cost Money

  • Keep a journal
  • Practice gratitude
  • Connect with friends and family
  • Take a mindful walk

Disclaimer: We have not utilized or evaluated every item in these lists and are in no manner endorsing them. We are sharing the resources for your exploration in the hopes that you might find some that resonate and support you.


The Essential Posture You Won’t Learn in Most Yoga Classes

By Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT Relieve Pain and Enhance Health with Seated Mountain Pose One of the most helpful yoga poses for modern life is never taught in most yoga classes. Seated Mountain Pose teaches the essential skill of sitting properly in a chair, and--as a yoga therapist--I’ve seen ...


Ten Tips for Successful Habit Change

1. Connect your new habit to your best self Deep motivation for change comes from connecting your habits to what you most want for optimal health and how that supports you in being your best self. 2. Create a 3-6 month goal Three to six ...


Ten Steps for Awareness of Breathing Practice

A person typically takes around 22,000 breaths per day. So, bringing your attention to this occurrence for a few minutes daily can provide many health benefits. Furthermore, pausing for a short breathing break is a great way to enjoy a quick refresher during a hectic day. Conscious breathing or ‘breath awareness’ ...


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