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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Life After Diagnosis: Jessica Kendall James on Redefining A New Healthy

Jessica Kendall James is the chronic illness lifestyle blogger and creator behind OurNewHealthy.com and The Spoonie Planner, living her life to the fullest and seeking to redefine “healthy” with multiple chronic illnesses. After spending many years in isolation while struggling to find a proper diagnosis, Jessica created The Spoonie Planner to lift herself back up and find diagnoses, treatment, and a life beyond just survival. It was in seeing how it empowered her that Jessica realized The Spoonie Planner might be able to help others too, and so she created Our New Healthy, a lifestyle brand and blog for the chronically ill. And this December, with the help of her Spoonie Community, she was able to launch the brand’s first tool, The Spoonie Planner.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi, I’m Jessica! I am 25 years old and I love all things ocean, nature, and adventure-related! My greatest gift in life is my friendships, and my deepest passion lies in a few different arenas including organic beauty and lifestyle, patient empowerment, and the organization aisle at Target.

I also happen to live with 8 main chronic illnesses, including EDS Type 3, POTS, Gastroparesis, MCAD, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Celiac Disease, Hypothyroid, and TMD, among other underlying diseases and disorders. I was born with EDS Type 3, that is for certain, but many of my other illnesses could have been avoided with proper early diagnoses of my EDS. You can learn more about me and my journey at OurNewHealthy.com !

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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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