Bored & Sick: 30 More Fun Things You Can Do at Home Alone | The Health Sessions

Bored & Sick: 30 Entertaining Things You Can Do at Home Alone

It’s my most popular post of all-time: “28 Fun Things to Do When You’re Bored and Sick at Home”.

And that doesn’t surprise me. I know from experience how mind-numbing and depressing it can be to be stuck at home for weeks or months on end, unable to do the things you enjoy.

You might think that keeping yourself entertained while you’re sick is a luxury problem, but that’s exactly when you need good mental health the most. Positive distractions can take your mind off the pain and reduce stress, or act as a therapeutic form of self-expression that supports your overall health.

Of course, nowadays the Internet and on-demand entertainment provide you with an endless stream of movies to watch, books to read, music to listen to and social media to scroll through. And yet, staring at screens all day every day can be unfulfilling when you’re chronically ill – or worse, intensify headaches, eye strain and brain fog.

Are you done watching Netflix, playing video games and navel-gazing too? Then give these fresh ‘bored and sick’ tips a try to keep your mind entertained while your body rests!

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Herbal Teas | The Health Sessions

12 Homemade Herbal Tea Blends to Support Your Health

Do you love cozying up with a hot and healing drink on a cold, dark day? Then herbal tea is exactly what you need this season.

Unlike the name suggests, herbal tea often doesn’t contain any actual tea leaves. Often, it’s more an aromatic infusion of herbs, spices, flowers and fruits.

What’s more, these caffeine-free drinks have been used all throughout history to support health and alleviate mild symptoms. Modern research confirms that hot water helps to extract water-soluble phytochemicals from plants, making hot herbal infusions an ideal way to get more antioxidants and other disease-fighting nutrients in.

Depending on the specific blend, herbal tea blends can improve your digestion, boost your immunity or help you fall asleep faster. Drinking hibiscus tea, for example, is known to lower your blood pressure, while ginger tea helps against nausea and vomiting.

Of course, these herbal home remedies should be considered as a helpful tool to ease mild symptoms, not as an official cure. And ‘natural’ does not automatically mean it’s right for you, so always check with your doctor or pharmacist if you can safely use therapeutic teas for your condition, without unwanted drug interactions.

You can buy a seasonal selection of high-quality herbal tea blends, or you can create your own. Whatever you like, get inspired by these 12 homemade herbal tea blends to support your health and happiness.

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How to Do Visualizations for Pain Relief | The Health Sessions

How to Do Visualization for Pain Relief

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Do you ever picture yourself on a tropical beach, singing on stage or living your wildest dreams?

You may not realize it, but the mental pictures you create in your mind can have a powerful effect on your body and brain. Imagining yourself eating a decadent chocolate dessert literally makes your mouth water and your stomach rumble – even though you can’t actually smell, taste or see it in front of you. And fantasizing about that gorgeous guy or girl might make your heart skip a beat!

Visualization, also known as mental imagery or guided imagery, means you form a visual image of an object, landscape or situation in your mind. Many of us unconsciously do this every day, when we read a story, dream about the future or create a mental map of directions given to us.

But you can also purposely tap into your imagination and visualize peaceful, healing scenarios in order to support your health and happiness. Research has consistently shown that visualization helps you reduce stress, relax your muscles, and promote better sleep. Through this deep relaxation, visualization even has a positive impact on your immunity. It also literally takes your mind off pain, and significantly eases that aching. What’s more, by focusing on soothing scenarios or positive outcomes, visualization also reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.

So how does that work?

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Everything You Need to Know About the Relationship Between Chronic Illness, Pregnancy, & Fertility | The Health Sessions

Everything You Need to Know About the Relationship Between Chronic Illness, Pregnancy, & Fertility

This article is written by Melissa Waltz.

Will I be able to conceive at all? Will pregnancy make my symptoms worse? Will my baby be okay? What if I need to take medication while I’m pregnant or trying to conceive? Am I physically strong enough to carry a baby and raise a newborn?

If you’re ready to start a family and you’re among the rising number of women dealing with chronic illness, the role your condition will play in your ability to conceive and carry a healthy baby to term is likely at top of mind.

Whether you have diabetes, arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, or another chronic disorder, it’s normal to have a lot of questions and concerns. Today, we’re going to answer some of those questions and talk about what you can do to increase your chances of having a positive experience.

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Chronic Illness and A Career: Can You Have Both? | The Health Sessions

Chronic Illness and A Career: Can You Have Both?

It’s one of the first questions we ask each other when we meet someone new: “So what do you do?”

Your job defines your life in more ways than just earning a living. Often, it’s also an expression of your talents and interests, whether that’s an intellectual challenge or a way to showcase and sharpen your skill set. Working allows you to contribute to the world and connect with coworkers and clients.

When you become chronically ill, suddenly managing your health becomes a full-time job. Your days are filled with hospital visits, trying new therapies and endless resting – and not the ‘chilling in the sun’ kind. It’s hard enough making it through the day without dealing with work deadlines on top of the pain, fatigue and debilitating symptoms.

If you’re not able to return to work, you may lose a part of your identity and self-worth. Not to mention the stress it gives to lose your income, depend on welfare or lean on your family, right when you need the money the most as the medical bills pile up. But even when your illness does not leave you housebound, you probably still wrestle with the question: How do I juggle working a 9-to-5 while managing a chronic disease?

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