A Better Way to Manage Chronic Diseases: In-Person and Virtual Group Visits

Healthy choices and behavior like better nutrition, exercise, stress management and good sleep help patients with chronic diseases feel and live better. But busy physicians rarely have time to provide the information and help that most patients need to take better care of themselves. Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, IFMCP, found a solution to this problem: […]

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Healing Patients in this Time of Loneliness and Social Isolation

Social distancing is essential in helping flatten the COVID-19 curve but it’s also having a devastating effect on our patients’ physical, mental and spiritual health. Nearly half of American adults are feeling socially isolated from family and friends and are struggling to maintain their health, according to the Social Distancing Survey by Harris Poll. Social […]

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When Less Means More: Less Medical Care Means More Self-Care

Unfortunately, COVID-19 isn’t the only thing that can make you sick these days. Luckily, as re-entry is becoming more common across the country, there are ways to “hack” your stay-at-home anxiety, improve your wellbeing and make sure you’re ready if social isolation comes around again. Jan, 76, and Isabella, 4, are years apart in age […]

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Survey: COVID-19 Spurs Increase in Self-Care

The vast majority of U.S. adults (80%) say they will be more mindful about practicing self-care regularly once the pandemic is over, according to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Samueli Integrative Health Programs. Nearly half of Americans (46%) also report that they are struggling to find ways to maintain […]

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Coronavirus, Healthcare, and the Road Ahead

What our hospitals, health systems and individual clinicians have been able to do in the face of this crisis is nothing short of heroic. Major medical centers in the United States shifted their entire health care delivery system to be ICU-ready in a valiant attempt to save lives. “We were built for this,” noted a […]

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How to Prioritize Self-Care So You Can Be a Better Caregiver To Those You Love

During the current pandemic, your life has surely occupied a very different space, squeezing you into many different roles. You might be a remote worker right now, relegated to your home office or bedroom on video calls all day coordinating tasks. You might be a part-time educator, spending hours each day with your son or […]

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Maximize Resistance and Resilience with These Re-Entry Plan Questions

As businesses begin to re-open and government officials lessen restrictions, you will have to make many choices every day about how to resume work and social relationships in the ‘new normal.’ Discussions about re-opening are creating a whole new set of rules and new reasons for anxiety. This is not easy or life as normal. […]

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5 Ways to Make Your Home a Healing Space

Healing spaces minimize stress, make you feel good, bring your family and friends together and can help improve your health and wellbeing.  It’s easy to make your home into a healing space with some simple changes based on evidence-based design and healing principles. “Most of us have at least some control over our homes. You […]

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How Hospitals Can Help Patients Heal by Reducing Noise

While I am most comfortable being the doctor in the patient-doctor encounter, I recently had the tables turned during a three-day stay at the hospital while recovering from a burst appendix. My hospital experience had me thinking about a topic I focused on quite a bit while running Samueli Institute—the role noise plays in patient […]

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How To Balance Your Mind, Body, and Soul During a Crisis

Healing and a feeling of personal wholeness only occur when the mind, body, and spirit are in balance. Balancing them all is necessary for a happy and fulfilled life. And in moments of crisis—especially in moments of crisis—it is vital for you to be vigilant in protecting that balance. All three are connected: the mind, […]

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