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Be Well: The Value of Self-Care

Deepak Chopra, MD, Arianna Huffington & Laurie Santos join Washington Post Live to discuss self-care (Video: The Washington Post)
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With anxiety and stress at an all-time high, self-care has never been more important. The pandemic has taken a toll on our physical and mental wellbeing leading many to seek healthier habits, avenues for connection and new ways of thinking. Hear from experts about how different kinds of accessible self-care solutions can support altruism and can help you reach your personal and professional wellness goals.

Washington Post senior writer Frances Stead Sellers spoke with The Chopra Foundation founder Deepak Chopra, MD, Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington and Yale psychologist Laurie Santos.

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The Chopra Foundation founder Deepak Chopra, MD, says there are seven pillars of well-being people should practice for self-care: 7 to 8 hours of restful sleep, meditation and stress management, mind-body coordination, emotional resilience, balancing your biological rhythms, nutrition and the self-realization through spiritual inquiry. (Video: Washington Post Live)
The Chopra Foundation founder Deepak Chopra, MD, says "bio regulation" is going to be the future. “Digital medicine is going to be precise, personalized, predictive, require participation, and a process, but ultimately, it's going to be the future" (Video: Washington Post Live)
Deepak Chopra, MD, founder of the Chopra Foundation, leads a 1-minute, guided meditation. (Video: Washington Post Live)
Yale psychologist Laurie Santos says showing yourself grace and self-compassion during this time is important. “One of the worst things about this pandemic isn't just that we're going through an incredibly tough time, it's that we're also beating ourselves up about going through an incredibly tough time. I think giving yourself some grace, having self-compassion is so powerful right now.” (Video: Washington Post Live)
Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington says workplaces are undergoing a cultural transformation as the importance of employee well-being is more openly discussed. "These issues of well-being, mental health, resilience, that used to belong to the HR benefits department are now front and center for the CEO and the board…[T]he shift that's happening now is a cultural transformation for many companies around the world, which is really one of the silver lining in this pandemic.” (Video: Washington Post Live)


Deepak Chopra, Founder, The Chopra Foundation

DEEPAK CHOPRA™ MD, FACP, founder of the Chopra Foundation [], a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global [], a whole health company at the intersection of science and spirituality.

He is a pioneer of integrative medicine and author of over ninety books published in more than forty-three languages. Many have been New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories.

Arianna Huffington, CEO, Thrive Global

Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

She serves on numerous boards, including Onex and The B Team.

Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology, Yale University

Dr. Laurie Santos is Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University. Dr. Santos is an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices. Her new course, Psychology and the Good Life, teaches students how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. Her course recently became Yale’s most popular course in over 300 years, with almost one of our four students at Yale enrolled. Her course has been featured in numerous news outlets including the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, GQ Magazine, Slate and O! Magazine. A winner of numerous awards both for her science and teaching, she was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds, and was named in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.” Her podcast, The Happiness Lab, has over 35 million downloads.

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Donna Kimmel, chief people officer at Citrix, and Amit Sood, MD, executive director of the Global Center for Resiliency and Well-Being, discuss creative ways employees can maintain wellness at work and at home. (Video: Washington Post Live)

Prioritizing Self-Care in the Workplace

Donna Kimmel, chief people officer at Citrix, and Amit Sood, MD, executive director of the Global Center for Resiliency and Well-Being, discuss creative ways employees can maintain wellness at work and at home.

Amit Sood, MD, Executive Director, Global Center for Resiliency and Well-Being

Dr. Sood is one of the world’s leading experts on resilience and wellbeing, and executive director of the Global Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing. He was also professor of medicine, and Chair for student life and wellness at Mayo Clinic.

Donna Kimmel, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, Citrix

Donna Kimmel is the executive vice president and chief people officer of Citrix. She is responsible for all aspects of identifying, fostering and developing top talent as well as overseeing organizational strategies that maximize engagement and position the company to win in the marketplace.

Moderated by Kelly Collis, Partner, Real.Fun.DC

Kelly Collis is a native Washingtonian and has been working in the DC area for more than 20 years. In 2011, after working for more than a decade in public relations and marketing, she decided to try her hand at radio with one of her best friends, Tommy McFLY. She and Tommy hosted a morning show on 94.7 Fresh FM in Washington, DC, for eight years. She also founded CityShopGirl, a subscription email publication delivering updates on lifestyle in the DC area, and was nominated for hosting one of the best blogs by the Washingtonian Magazine. Washington Life named Kelly one of the top 200 influencers under 40 in DC three years in a row. She was featured on the cover of Washington Family Magazine with her 2 children and most recently named one of the “Women of Style” by DC Modern Luxury Magazine.