Healing Mantras: Why Your Words Matter More Than You'd Think | The Health Sessions

Healing Mantras: Why Your Words Matter More Than You Think

This article is written by Donna Owens from 365 Days of Healing Mantras.  We don’t have to look far these days to come across an inspiring quote, affirmations and mantras to help us get through our hectic days. There are mantras for love, healing, success and money – in fact there are mantras and quotes … Read more >



How to Improve Your Functional and Mobility Training | The Health Sessions

How to Improve your Functional and Mobility Training

This article is written by Anne Denning.  

Have you wondered why some people go slow or move with pain, which affects their daily chores and even work? Well, this is because some people have instability and malfunction in their movements and mobility.

If this happens to you, you need to enhance your moves to accomplish your fitness goals. This will make you efficient and able to satisfy the demands and work of everyday life. Here are some details of what functional and mobility skills can do for you to live a quality life.

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Fighting Phobias: The Things That Go Bump in the Mind | The Health Sessions

Fighting Phobias: The Things That Go Bump in the Mind

This article is written by Jessica Smith.

Phobias are anxiety disorders that instill fear or panic in your mind. A phobia causes excessive, irrational fear in an individual about an object, a creature, an event or a feeling. A person with a phobia gets panic attacks when faced with their source of fear. They shape their lives to avoid facing the things which they consider dangerous. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states that phobia affects almost 18.1% of the US population every year.

There are three types of phobias:

  1. Specific Phobia: This affects nearly 8.7% of the US population. Women are more susceptible to have a specific phobia.  There are further categories of Specific phobia, namely:  fear of natural environment, situational phobia, blood-injection-injury phobia, and animal phobia. There are more than 350 types of phobia in these four categories, like the fear of snakes, dogs, flying, driving, heights, darkness, storm, needles and blood.
  2. Social Phobia:It is a form of social anxiety where people have a fear of public embarrassment and humiliation that can disrupt a healthy life. Men are more likely to have social phobia than women. Another common social phobia is the fear of public speaking. The other concerns related to social phobia are of talking to strangers, being judged by others, and drinking at public places.
  3. Agoraphobia:This is the most disabling of all phobias. It is the fear of being trapped in a place where immediate escape is not possible. People with agoraphobia avoid crowded places because of the fear that they might get panic attacks if they can’t escape. They prefer staying at home to avoid a social situation. People with chronic health issues have a fear of need for a medical emergency in public places or trapped rooms.

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How to Work on Your Recovery in Everyday Life | The Health Sessions

How to Work on Your Recovery from Illness in Everyday Life

Do you ever dream about going to a luxurious wellness center where you can fully focus on your health and happiness?

I know I did. During times when I was severely ill, I used to fantasize about exotic yoga retreats or Swiss spas, with nothing on my mind but gentle exercise, nourishing meals, health-boosting massages and meditation sessions.

But unfortunately, that’s not how recovery works for most people. It’s something you have to work on in the midst of doctor’s appointments, work obligations, looking after your family and running a household.

And even if you do start your healing process in a rehabilitation retreat, one day you will get back to your regular life. You still need to find a way to combine managing your health and your other responsibilities.

So how can you work on your recovery from illness in everyday life? 

A lot of it depends on your health condition and personal situation. But here are some helpful ways you can still boost your health and happiness when you’re short on time and energy.

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Hype or Healthy: Who Can Benefit from Taking Supplements? | The Health Sessions

Hype or Healthy: Who Can Benefit from Taking Supplements?

To function well, your body and mind need the right balance of vitamins, minerals and macronutrients every day. Normally, you should be able to obtain all these necessary nutrients by eating a balanced diet, but that doesn’t always happen. Deficiencies in iron, iodine and vitamin A affect more than two billion people worldwide, and not just in developing countries. People either don’t get enough vitamins and minerals from their food, or their body has a (temporarily) increased need for certain nutrients.

In these cases, taking a supplement can significantly improve your health. But, as John Hopkins researchers warn us, “pills are no shortcut to better health and the prevention of chronic diseases.” It’s tempting to think you’ve got your nutritional bases covered by taking a multivitamin each day, while ignoring the underlying issue like an unhealthy lifestyle.

What’s more, many people see vitamins, minerals and herbal remedies as pretty harmless. But mindlessly taking supplements could actually hurt your health. Taking high levels of vitamin A, B6 and E for a longer period of time can cause severe side effects, from changes in vision to nerve damage. If you’re on medication, you should also check with your doctor or pharmacist for potential drug interactions. Vitamin K, for example, can interact with the anti-clotting effect of blood thinners.

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