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 >



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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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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