Wellness Digest #4: Lung Health Toolkit

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PC: Shelley Huber

Wellness Digest – April 16, 2020

Welcome to this week’s digest. I hope everyone is tapping into their inner strength, staying positive, and remembering to breathe. Wherever you’re at (literally or figuratively), I hope you find something here that makes the journey a little lighter. And now on to this week’s list:


What could be more essential to living than our capacity to breathe? Doing deep diaphragmatic breathing properly benefits our health on many levels. Also, here’s a guide on how to be proactive about taking care of your lungs.

If you missed it, here’s a recent short interview with Bill Gates on PBS about his thoughts on the timeline of COVID-19.


Everyone seems to be baking up a storm these days. Personally, I’m going to start with some banana bread and pick one of these four simple recipes. The coconut one looks soooo good!

Beth at budgetbytes started her recipe blog to save money while getting out from under her student loan debt. Then it morphed into the mission that good food doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. But, it does need to be tasty. Amen! Here’s her Scallion Herb Chickpea Salad.


April is National Stress Awareness Month. The link between stress and sleep is real. Even though we’re all at home, for many of us, this isn’t equating with better sleep. This discussion with Katie Couric and sleep expert Dr. Eve Van Cauter might give you some good tips.

Instagram is workout-central these days. Some of this week’s favorite classes are Equinox’s  cardio classes. Great teachers, great energy, great music. Be prepared to bring your A-game! These instructors make you work.

My absolute favorite for this week is Ryan Heffington’s Sweatfest. This is a dance-off that happens every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 1 pm EST, plus on weekends. Such good music. The moves are high-energy (but for all levels) and Ryan is fabulous.

And if you want something more straightforward, here’s a great guide to no equipment exercises you can do anywhere. No tech required!


Everyone is together all the time now. For some it’s bliss, for others … not so much. Tim Ferriss (The 4-Hour Workweek, among many other bestsellers), interviews Belgian psychotherapist and relationship expert, Esther Perel about tactics for relationships in quarantine.  A long but good listen. Dr. Perel’s books, Mating in Captivity, and The State of Affairs are NYTimes bestsellers.


I haven’t listened to an audiobook in a long time, but started up again with Jane Austen’s, Persuasion on Audible. It’s a nice break during the day, and they have a 30-day free trial.

Lincoln Center is offering a great (and free) selection of their programming like nightly Met Opera Streams (Madame Butterfly is at 7:30 pm, Friday, April 17th) and chamber music performances, in addition to series like Female Filmmaker’s Q&A‘s, and daily live ballet classes with New York City Ballet principal dancer, Tiler Peck.

I’ll leave you with Explaining the Pandemic to my Past Self. Hilarious!