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Health & wellbeing resource library

Written by Ryman Healthcare
on March 27, 2020

A resource library for articles, videos, apps, podcasts, all related to health and wellbeing.

 Article - A healthy diet can reduce stress

Diet is often overlooked as part of the stress-fighting picture, but it can play just as important a role as exercise.
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Video - The Five Side Effects of Kindness

In this video Dr. David R. Hamilton reveals the five unexpected (and beneficial!) side-effects of being kind to others.
This video is also accompanied by the article below on how contagious kindness is.


Article - The most contagious thing is kindness

We’re all thinking of contagion right now due to the coronavirus. Let’s not forget that kindness is also highly contagious. 


Real-time Resilience Strategies for Coping with Coronavirus

As we find ourselves in challenging times, our own actions and thoughts can have an impact on ourselves and those around us. Dr Lucy Hone and Dr Denise Quinlan, of New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience have developed a brief guide of real-time resilience strategies to help cope in the days ahead. This guide is based on science but also on their own lived experiences of working in emergency management and resilience training programmes both here in Aotearoa NZ and internationally.


Podcast - COVID-19 Mental Health

You might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the information at the moment. y. You’re not alone. We were feeling a bit too deep down the rabbit hole as well, so we reached out to Rosemary Walker and Peter Rosencrans, two psychology doctoral students at the University of Washington to talk to us about the mental health impacts this pandemic has had and walk us through some coping strategies.


Below is a selection of free wellbeing apps

Insight Timer

Insight Timer is a smartphone app and online community for meditation. The app features guided meditations, music and talks posted by contributing experts. The app made Time magazine’s list of 50 best apps for 2016. Insight Timer is free to download from the App Store and Google Play Store


Elevate is a brain training app that is designed to improve your focus, speaking skills, processing speed, memory and maths skills. Users are provided with a personalised training programme that adjusts over time to maximise results. The app has a choice of over 40 games, which have been designed in collaboration with experts. And as you train, the programme will track your improvements - and for those who love a bit of competition, you can even compare your scores with your friends. Elevate is free to download from the App Store and Google Play Store


One of the most highly rated brain training apps is Lumosity, which is used by a staggering 90 million people worldwide. When you download the app, you’ll initially complete a ‘Fit Test’ to determine your baseline score. Your results will then be used to personalise daily workouts, including puzzles, memory games, problem solving games, logic games and critical thinking games. Like Elevate, you can track your scores to see your improvements over time. Lumosity is free to download from the App Store and Google Play Store



For more information about these resources, feel free to contact the People Development team – peopledevelopment@rymanhealthcare.com

To view the latest information about COVID-19, head to https://www.rymanhealthcare.co.nz/coronavirus-updates

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