Writing Your Way to a Happy and Healthy 2017 | The Health Sessions

Writing Your Way to a Happy & Healthy 2017

It’s kind of an understatement to say that I love lists, notebooks and planners. As my husband jokingly says: you can tell Jen’s in the house by following the paper trail.

There’s something strangely satisfying and calming about putting pen to paper. And it’s not just me: studies show that regularly writing things down has several benefits for your physical and emotional wellbeing, from boosting your creativity and productivity to an improved mood, less stress and even a stronger immunity.

Now of course you can use digital planners and apps to track your habits, but it seems that writing by hand improves your memory, by combining neuro-sensory experiences and fine motor skills. Even doodling and free-hand scribbling can facilitate thinking, make ideas tangible and help you express emotions when you can’t find the right words.

So have a look at this list of ideas and tools to write your way to a happier and healthier new year! 

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The Best of 2016: The 10 Most-Loved Blog Posts of the Year | The Health Sessions

The Best of 2016: The 10 Most-Loved Blog Posts of the Year

Another year has almost come and gone, and what a year it’s been.

Reflecting back on 2016, I mostly feel proud on what I’ve accomplished, despite my fair share of challenges. I’ve published more than 40 in-depth articles on The Health Sessions, attracting over 200,000 unique visitors. I finished writing my first, 200-page ebook, which will be available late January 2017 – so exciting! And most importantly, there have been countless moments of personal bliss, with the baby boy growing inside me as the most precious milestone.

Of course there have also been many times I’ve felt stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed, concerned about ill family members, not to mention the disturbing and heartbreaking events around the world. But overall, I can honestly say that I’ve done all that I could do this year.

So to round up the old before welcoming in the new, here is the most loved content – by you and me – of The Health Sessions of 2016. 

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12 Indulgent Christmas Treats with Better-For-You Ingredients | The Health Sessions

12 Better-for-You Christmas Treats

Oh, December.

From the Dutch pepernoten at Sinterklaas and oliebollen for New Year’s Eve to sipping champagne, munching on gingerbread cookies or anything chocolate, temptations are e-ve-ry-where.

But just because you choose to eat healthy for your wellbeing doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself. Just have a look at these 12 irresistible Christmas treats with better-for-you ingredients to work up your appetite!  

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How to Enjoy the Holiday Season When You're Chronically Ill | The Health Sessions

How to Enjoy the Holiday Season When You’re Chronically Ill

December, the month of celebrations. From the Dutch Sinterklaas, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years Eve , it’s the time for culturally-rooted festivities all around the globe.

But it’s little different celebrating when you’re chronically ill.

Pain, fatigue and other horrible symptoms can definitely mess up your plans and traditions. Depending on your personal health situation, enjoying things like shopping for presents, cooking an elaborate Christmas dinner, attending parties or even staying up on New Year’s Eve may not be an option – or one you pay a high price for with days or weeks of recovery time.

The trembling legs, relentless nausea or breathlessness won’t go away for a day just because today is a holiday and you want to celebrate. You still feel as good, bad or awful as you do every day, and it’s hard to keep smiling, enjoy the feast at the table and focus on sparkling conversations around jou when you experience throbbing pain or ’embarrassing’ stomach troubles at the same time.

So how can you make the most of the holiday season even when you’re chronically ill?

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