27 Subtle Ways to Optimize Your Home for Healing | The Health Sessions

27 Subtle Ways to Optimize Your Home for Healing

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You know how you’re trying to cut down on sugar but suddenly find yourself reaching for the cookie jar on the coffee table? That’s because your living environment plays a bigger role in the choices you make every day than you probably realize.

If you live in a neighborhood with side walks, bike lanes and greenery, for example, you’re more likely to be physically active than people who don’t have easy access to these recreational facilities. And it’s no coincidence that supermarkets place big brands at grab-level and impulse buys at the counter – that’s all to seduce you to buy more.

It’s not just your ZIP code that affects your behaviour, mood, stress levels and overall health, but your home environment too. When you have a bowl of candy on your desk, chances are you’ll mindlessly eat much more than you’d planned. Thankfully the reverse is also true: putting a fruit bowl in the kitchen encourages you to get your vitamins in. That’s exactly why James Clear, best-selling author of Atomic Habits, advocates to design your environment to work for you, not against you.

By making a few changes at home, you can make it easier to create and stick to healthy habits, and break bad ones. Think of environment design like a subtle nudge in the right direction. Especially if chronic illness forces you to spend a lot of time at home, you might want to make some easy changes to your interior so you can effortlessly make better choices.

Here are 27 subtle ways you can optimize your surroundings to best support your health and happiness.

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The 5 Health Apps You'll Want to Download | The Health Sessions

The 5 Health Apps You’ll Want to Download

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It can be pretty daunting and confusing to monitor your symptoms, uncover patterns and potential triggers, and then take action to improve your health and lifestyle. That’s when health apps come to your rescue!

Thanks to modern technology, you can now access helpful health tools anywhere anytime. No matter if you want to sleep better, ease your pain or track your menstrual cycle, there’s an app that can help you manage your illness and optimize your health.

Have a look at these 5 health apps you’ll want to download. 

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11 Healthy Frozen Treats for Summer | The Health Sessions

11 Frozen Yoghurts for a Healthy Treat

Looking for a cooling treat that doesn’t ruin your healthy diet? Then these frozen yogurt recipes are just what you need!

Whole-milk yogurt is a rich source of healthy protein, bone-strengthening calcium and vitamin B12. Mosts yogurts also contain probiotics; friendly bacteria that support good gut health and immunity.

To get the healthiest frozen yogurt, choose an unsweetened version with live, active cultures. Do you prefer dairy-free? Try substituting with coconut milk in popsicles for a creamy treat.

Now all that’s left to do is to naturally sweeten your yogurt with fruit, honey, cacao nibs or coconut flakes, put your mixture in the freezer, et voila! Let’s take a look at 11 frozen yogurt recipes for inspiration.

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Fighting for Your Health: What I Love & Hate About the 'Spoonie Warrior' Analogy | The Health Sessions

Fighting for Your Health: What I Love & Hate About the ‘Spoonie Warrior’ Analogy

Have you ever noticed how people talk about sickness and health in terms of combat and warrior analogies? We’re battling chronic illness, beating depression or losing the fight to cancer.

In a way, that makes complete sense. When you’re in pain and exhausted to the bone, everyday living can really seem like a quest from a Tolkien novel. Something as simple as grocery shopping suddenly feels like an expedition to Mount Doom.

For many many years, I turned to heroic stories to fuel my motivation, to strive for recovery, to keep reaching for my dreams. And it worked. With the ‘help’ from Buffy, Sydney Bristow and G.I.Jane (I’m clearly a nineties girl), I passed my high school exams against all odds, despite not being able to attend classes. Epic journeys like Lord of the Rings pushed me to get fit and mobile enough to explore the world, while survivor stories from Chris Ryan and Bear Grylls inspired me to keep going.

Thanks to the warrior analogy, I achieved many meaningful goals that made a big difference to my life.

But now that I’ve learned so much more about the impact of your mind on your body, and how your nervous system works, I’m not so sure any more that the ‘spoonie warrior’ analogy is always the best choice.

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10 Relaxation Quotes to Help You Rest and Recharge | The Health Sessions

10 Relaxation Quotes to Help You Rest and Recharge

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When you think of relaxation, do you imagine yourself lounging by the pool with a refreshing drink or curled up with a good book?

Aside from vacationing, most of us tend to underestimate the importance of rest. Sure, we love to chill on the couch or spend way too much time sick in bed, but that’s not necessarily the same as real rest. You may be sitting still, but are you actually relaxing your body and mind?

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