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Widen Your Circle of Support to Be a Better Caregiver

You are a social being. Your relationships with others and your role within your community provide a sense of belonging, care, and support. And right now, when most of us are struggling to remain as social as we once were, often fighting to stave off loneliness, we need to make a real effort to connect […]

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How We Can Help Others Heal By Being Present

Our physical and emotional presence impacts the healing of other human beings—it’s a phenomenon that is as fascinating as it is beautiful. As we continue our focus on isolation and loneliness, I wanted to provide more insight into how we can all help each other heal. The following excerpt is from my book, How Healing […]

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How Emotional Connections Can Help You Heal

As we continue discussing loneliness and isolation in these times of COVID-19, it is crucial to note how remaining in touch with family and friends can be essential to your health. And, while it is vitally important to keep your circles small and adhere to basic social distancing guidelines, the impact of being around loved […]

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The Science of Love and Loss: How Loneliness Impacts Us

As we’ve seen in our recent COVID-19 survey, and in our latest collection of blog posts, isolation and loneliness can have a real, negative effect on our health—impacting our body, minds, and even our spirits.  The following excerpt is from my book, How Healing Works, and describes the science of love and loss, and is […]

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Self-Care in a Post-Pandemic World

It has been just over a month since our new survey was conducted and published by The Harris Poll on behalf of the Samueli Integrative Health Programs. Its findings have offered a unique insight into the state of self-care in the present and eventual post-pandemic world. The new survey we published asked 2,051 US adults […]

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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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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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