Our top wellness tips and stories of 2023

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Happy Thursday. This week, we turn to our top tips and some of your favorite stories in 2023. But before that…

Join us for a New Years tune-up!

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If you are already subscribed to the Well+Being newsletter, you don’t need to do anything. Every morning I will send you setup tips for each day. (The regular Well+Being newsletter will return next week.) Invite your friends to join the fun and support your efforts by sending them this link to sign up.

Your Favorite Story of 2023

This year, readers were captivated by the story of a young student who suddenly developed psychosis and fell into catatonia. Solving the mystery of her illness takes 20 years and a chance meeting with a doctor who was haunted by the patient’s case as a medical student.

This is the story of April Burrell and the doctor who is determined to help her. It is an inspiring story of both science and the human spirit. I hope you like it.

Our tips for the healthiest meal

I learned so much about healthy eating from Anahad O’Connor, whose Eating Lab column continues to be one of your favorite Well+Being columns. You will never hear Anahad telling you to diet or deprive yourself. Instead, his advice focuses on how you can add healthy foods to your daily diet. He recently rounded up a year’s worth of advice in this helpful column with seven of his favorite tips.

Our most popular fitness story

Gretchen Reynolds, our fitness columnist, always has helpful tips on how to stay active and avoid the dangers of a sedentary life. Our most popular fitness story of the year was about rethinking the 10,000 steps a day mantra. It turns out that you don’t actually need to take 10,000 steps to be healthy. Gretchen includes this story in our new guide showing our top seven tips of 2023 for building an exercise habit.

Brain Matters columnist Richard Sima delights us each week with his columns on the brain’s role in our health and happiness. His most popular column of the year is this delightful audio experience featuring insights into the mental health benefits of birdsong. Tune in and enjoy chirping.

And for more from Brain Matters, Richard has rounded up his best brain tips of the year.

Sleep is your health goal

Each week, we ask therapists, psychologists and other mental health experts to share their insights and advice. This year, your favorite On Your Mind column was about coping with night waking.

Your most important doctor questions

Our Ask a Doctor columnist, Dr. Trisha Pasricha, fearlessly answers reader questions about bathroom issues, supplements, and anything else that comes to mind. No question is off limits, as we learned this year when our most popular column was about stool frequency and color.

We’ve compiled our top 10 health tips from this year’s Ask a Doctor column.

Bonus holiday gift: A quick and easy winter workout

Try this fun and simple 11-minute workout that you can do indoors or out. It includes three bodyweight exercises—squats, knee pulls, and mountain climbs—that you do one minute at a time before resting. Grab a timer and follow the videos for a quick and fun workout that will have you feeling energized for the holiday season.

Happy Holidays from the Well+Being team! We wish you all a safe, happy and joyful holiday season.

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