33 Ways to Best Support Your Friend in Need

33 Ways to Best Support Your Friend in Need | The Health Sessions

 

Let me know if I can help.

It’s a well-meant, reassuring phrase when someone you care about is going through a difficult time. But despite our best intentions, many of us don’t really know what to say or do when our friend loses a loved one or our colleague faces a life-altering illness.

There’s a fine line between giving someone space to grieve or respecting their need to deal with the tragic situation in their own way and reaching out for support. Although it’s kind not to want to burden your friend when they’re going through such a difficult time, a lot of people find it hard to ask for help when they need it.

That’s why it helps to make a specific offer when someone could use your assistance. Instead of saying “let me know if you need anything“, try to come up with something concrete that you could do to help them: watch their kids, cook a comforting meal or call them once a week to see how they’re doing. Just make sure you only offer help you’re genuinely able to give – letting your friend down when they’re counting on you is inconsiderate.

So what can you do or say to help out? Have a look at these 33 ways to best support your friend or loved ones in need.

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Recipe for Recovery: Warm Winter Porridge with Raspberry Sauce by Zonder Zooi | The Health Sessions

Recipes for Recovery: Warm Winter Porridge with Raspberry Sauce

This is a guest post by food coach Dali from Zonder Zooi

This breakfast reminds me to a dessert my mum made for us when we were young. She loved to make semolina pudding with warm raspberry sauce. Now, many years later I tought about it and had to make it again. Of course I changed the semolina for oats, because I’m a diehard oats fan. Really, I should start an oats fan club. This oatmeal porridge is great for those cold days that you don’t want to go outside. After you’ve eaten this your body is warmed up again and you can brave the cold.

Oats are full of fibre, B-vitamines and they’re a great source of slow carbs. These kind of carbs are important for your body as they make sure you’re satisfied for a long time. By adding pecans you’ll get your daily dose of healthy fats in, which is necessary for your brain. The raspberry sauce is bursting of vitamins and gives this breakfast a little dessert touch. Because we all want to have dessert for breakfast, right?

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How to Start Doing Yoga from Bed When Your Have ME/CFS | The Health Sessions

How to Start Doing Yoga in Bed When You Have M.E./CFS

 

This is a guest post by Donna Owens, a long-standing M.E. warrior, qualified yoga practitioner and author of “Yoga, My Bed & M.E.” on how you can gently improve your physical condition when you’re chronically ill. 

How Can You Start Doing Yoga in Bed 

When You Have M.E./CFS?

 

1. Listen to your body

We all get excited when we find something new to embark on, especially if it is towards helping us feel better. We tend to dive right in on the first go, only to be rewarded with payback and M.E. flare for days or weeks and we end up giving up.

Start with small steps and slowly climb the yoga ladder over weeks or months. Start with just one or two poses at first, maybe one pose as you wake up in the morning to open the body and ease stiffness and a pose before you sleep to help your mind and body relax to help you drift off to a peaceful state. Take your time and hold the pose(s) or repeat the pose(s) to suit your body and M.E. each day – and we all feel different day to day – so don’t feel as though you have failed if some days you can do more than other days.

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How to Create Your Own Action Plan for Recovery (eBook) | The Health Sessions

7 Lessons I Learned About Recovery From Illness

 

 

Today is the big day.

My first ebook, How to Create Your Own Action Plan for Recovery, is available in the new webshop now! 

It’s a 200 – page guide for people with chronic illness or injury, for those who want to rebuild their health after a long sickbed, serious operation or life-altering accident.

Because being chronically ill or injured can turn your life upside down. And the situation becomes even more unsettling when doctors can’t figure out what’s wrong with you. When modern medicine doesn’t have a cure for the pain you experience every day. When at best you’re given pills and therapy to help manage your symptoms, not cure them.

I’ve been there, for many, many years.

I’ve been through the tiring and heart-wrenching process of endless doctors visits and second-opinions, living with a chronic disease that has no remedy, turning to every complimentary therapy imaginable in the hopes of finding comfort or relief.

Diagnosed with juvenile rheumatism, fibromyalgia and ME/CFS during my early teens, I was housebound and unable to do the simplest things for the longest time. Going through the process of fighting illness and acceptance for over 15 years, I learned many things.

Here are the most important lessons that the road to ‘recovery’ has taught me. 

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Sneak Peek: How to Create Your Own Action Plan for Recovery

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

 

The countdown to the release of my ebook has begun!

If everything goes as planned – and we all know that chronic illness tends to mess up the best laid plans – How to Create Your Own Action Plan for Recovery‘ will be available in my brand-new webshop on Monday February 6, 2017.

 

So what’s the book about? 

How to Create Your Own Action Plan for Recovery’ is a step-by-step guide on rebuilding your health after illness or injury. It contains in-depth ideas on how to support restoration, replenish your body with nutrient-rich meals, rebuild your strength and fitness and regain your mental focus – including psychological strategies for implementing these new habits into your daily life.

This holistic recovery plan targets the whole person and covers the entire spectrum of the healing process. It doesn’t just focus on eating healthy and getting fit like many conventional programs, but also goes into often overlooked aspects, like getting high-quality rest and improving your attention span.

Instead of diligently following a week-by-week program with outlined exercises and recipes, this guide will show you how you can create your own custom-built action plan, one that’s designed to best suit your personal health situation.

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