Ready for Change? The 5 Stages of Making Lasting Lifestyle Transformations | The Health Sessions

Ready for Change? The 5 Stages of Making Lasting Lifestyle Transformations

Do you dream of getting fit, strong, happy or more mindful in 2017?

The start of a new year brings out the feeling of beginning with a fresh slate, with 365 brand-new days ahead in which anything is possible. The crispy clean calendar holds the promise of reaching exciting goals, but we all know that many of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions by the end of January. How can you be the one who makes their intentions stick?

The key to making your health and happiness goals come true is translating your desired end result in the helpful habits needed to achieve them. To get a stronger, toned and more energetic body, you’ll need to eat healthily and move your body on a regular basis. And if you want to feel more zen, you could start a daily practice of meditation or keep a gratitude journal.

Countless of articles have been written on transforming your life for good, but most leave out one important question: How ready for change are you? 

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Is Your Health Really in Your Own Hands?

Is Your Health Really In Your Own Hands? | The Health Sessions

 

“Your health is in your hands.” 

It’s supposed to be an empowering phrase, meant to encourage you to take good care of your body and mind. And yet, there’s a kind of accusation hidden in there that so many chronically ill people face: have you done enough to stop this from happening to you?

Over the last decade or two, the way our society thinks about health and happiness has changed a lot. Thanks to a growing body of research on how our lifestyle affects our health – in good and in bad ways – and the widespread availability of information via the Internet, our mindset has gone from trying to control (chronic) disease with medication to actively preventing illness through healthy nutrition, exercise, stress management and positive thinking.

And that’s a good thing: with all the present-day knowledge, why wouldn’t we avoid serious risk factors and learn about how we can feel as fit, strong and upbeat as possible?

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The Not-So-Picture-Perfect Road to Health and Happiness

The Not So Picture Perfect Road to Health and Happiness | The Health Sessions

 

Maybe you noticed that, unlike many other health blogs, you rarely see pictures of me sipping green juice or looking fabulous doing yoga on The Health Sessions or social media.

That’s mostly because I’m a pretty private person, who’s watched one too many episodes of CSI Cyber and Stalker. It’s also because I still have a sneaky suspicion that some yoga poses were invented by gurus with slightly sadistic tendencies. And most of the time, my healthy homemade meals don’t look that Instagram-worthy either. (As if eating my dinner when it’s still warm isn’t hard enough with a one-year old at the table without having to take photos.)

But another major reason for not broadcasting pretty pictures of how fun and glamourous a healthy lifestyle can be, is that I don’t want to come off as a hypocrite.

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28 Fun Things to Do When You’re Bored and Sick at Home

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer

 

When you feel so sick you can barely lift your head from the pillow, you just want to get through the day in one piece.

But as you’re slowly getting better, your mind might crave some distraction, even though your body is still too weak to do much.

That’s when the boredom creeps in.

Sure, catching up on your Netflix queue is fun at first. But when you find yourself refreshing your social media feed every 5 minutes because the only other option is staring at the ceiling, it’s time for some entertainment!

Finding fun activities to do when you’re sick at home alone may seem like a luxury problem, but it can actually have a bigger impact on your wellbeing than you might realise. Studies have shown that you need 3 positive emotions to make up for every negative one – and there’s no lack of unpleasant experiences when you’re (chronically) ill.

So keep your happiness ratio up and fight the boredom with these 28 enjoyable ways to pass the time.

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