Why You Need A Coping Box + How to Create Your Own | The Health Sessions

Why You Need a Coping Box + How to Create Your Own

It’s the one strategy that’s helped me out more times than I can remember when trying to deal with debilitating symptoms and their accompanying emotions: Having a coping box. When we’re in pain or despair, stressed or lonely, we can all use a little extra support to help us deal with those feelings. In the … Read more >



Happy Tired Mummy: Victoria Wilson on Living with Charcot Marie Tooth Disease | The Health Sessions

Happy Tired Mummy: Victoria Wilson on Living with Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

What’s it really like to live with chronic illness every day? How do you deal with the physical symptoms, emotional turmoil and practical problems? In this interview series, real life ‘spoonies’ share their stories and tips. Victoria Wilson is a thirty-something mum and wife who suffers from a neurological condition called Charcot Marie Tooth Disease. Through … Read more >



The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique: How to Deeply Relax Your Body and Mind | The Health Sessions

The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique: How to Deeply Relax Your Body and Mind

This is an excerpt from my ebook How to Create Your Own Action Plan for Recovery, a step-by step guide on rebuilding your health after illness or injury. 

 

If I had to limit my advice on healthy living to just one tip,

it would be to learn to breathe correctly.”

Andrew Weil, M.D.

 

You can survive roughly 3 weeks without food and 3 days without water, but after less than 3 minutes without breathing your heart will stop beating and your cells will die off.

Oxygen is your most critical source of energy. You take between 17,000 and 30,000 breaths each day. And yet, how often do you pay attention to your breathing and how it affects your body and mind?

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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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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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