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