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Words of Wisdom

A collection of wisdom from health-and-wellness leaders to help you build resiliency and navigate the chaos of life during the pandemic.

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I’ve had the distinct pleasure of interviewing dozens of interesting people for Experience Life. Each one has taught me something — from why resting and taking breaks actually makes you more productive to how yoga can be a breath of fresh air for social-justice advocacy — or  inspired me with their stories of bringing clean drinking water to developing communities and using technology to fight hunger in the United States.

Here’s a collection of wisdom that may help you navigate this rapidly changing, anxiety-producing time — and build habits that increase your resilience.

Stress can be an ally.

Stress is something most of us wish we could avoid, but it is a natural, and even necessary, part of life. Kelly McGonigal, PhD, argues that while they’re sometimes unpleasant, stressful situations offer room for personal growth.

Creativity helps us process our day.

Looking for something to do besides stare at your phone? Illustrator Samantha Dion Baker might inspire you to step away from the news for a little bit and spend time starting a daily creative practice.

Boredom is a gateway to creativity.

Feeling bored and cooped up? Podcast host Manoush Zomorodi, the new host of TED Radio Hour, wrote an entire book on how boredom — even though it might not feel great — can lead to new ideas, solutions, and creative expression.

Decluttering can help improve our relationships.

Many people are tackling decluttering projects while they’re sheltering in place. Here are some great tips from Joshua Becker, best-selling author of The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own, for intentionally downsizing your possessions.

Real listening is the foundation for resiliency and relationships.

On Being host Krista Tippett discusses how curiosity and generous listening can improve our relationships with loved ones and the wider community.

Good health begins at home.

Learn how Rangan Chatterjee, MBChB, learned to prioritize his “four pillars of health” and how that’s helped him better care for patients.

It’s never too late to start a mindfulness practice.

You’ve heard it before: Meditation is good for you. But let renowned teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn break down the research. Ready to give it a try? We’ve got some simple starter tips for you. And don’t worry if sitting in silence isn’t your jam — there are many good ways to find mindfulness.

is an Experience Life senior editor.

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