The Power of Rituals: Why Meaningful Routines Improve Your Wellbeing | The Health Sessions

The Power of Rituals: Why Meaningful Routines Improve Your Wellbeing

One of the reasons why people love the holiday season is because it’s filled with traditions. From getting together for Thanksgiving dinner to decorating the Christmas tree, December feels like one long series of comforting rituals.

Rituals are often associated with religious customs and the cultural ways we celebrate birth, marriage and death. But did you know that simple rituals like lazy brunches on Sunday and reading bedtime stories each night have powerful benefits for your wellbeing?

A ritual is a set series of actions that you perform regularly. But unlike routine behaviors such as brushing your teeth, rituals are meaningful acts you do with intent. Rituals embody what matters to you by putting your values into practice. That in itself will probably make you happier, but performing simple rituals has more perks for your wellbeing.

Have a look at 5 reasons why rituals have a powerful impact on your health and happiness.  

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How Alternative Forms of Therapy Improved The Quality of My Life | The Health Sessions

How Alternative Forms of Therapy Improved the Quality of My Life

This article is written by Trevor McDonald. 

It was 8 a.m. on a Monday morning, and my alarm clock had been buzzing for nearly an hour. I was going to be late to work again. My pain kept me up until about 3 a.m. the previous night, and it was back with a vengeance. Time to pop another opioid painkiller. Could I remember a time when I wasn’t high?

Everything is a little fuzzy, and the pain persists. These pills aren’t working like they used to. I’d stop taking them altogether if only I could. But I can’t…

Not everyone who takes opioid painkillers gets addicted, but many people do. When your pain is chronic, and painkillers are the only reprieve, it’s difficult to avoid addiction.

Like every other fortunate addict, I eventually found my way out. But painkillers were no longer an option. I have scoliosis and suffer from chronic back pain from a bulging disc. Even after dragging myself back from the pits of addiction, I suffered. I wish I could convey how hard it was to go through recovery with chronic pain, but I know some of you know exactly what it’s like. I’m not the only one who has walked this path.

The pain was a constant trigger and it held me back from living a full life. One day, I decided to take control. It’s easy to feel hopeless in the face of adversity. But it’s important to remember that most problems have solutions.

Traditional methods failed me, but I found hope and happiness through alternative forms of therapy. I want to share the methods that worked for me, but I’m a firm believer that everyone is different. When it comes to alternative therapies, especially, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Here are some of the alternative therapies that worked well for me.

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How Yoga Calms Anxiety Holistically | The Health Sessions

How Yoga Calms Anxiety Holistically

This article was written by Manmohan Singh from Rishikul Yogshala.

In this age and era of professional stress and personal troubles, anxiety is the condition that afflicts a number of people. Anxiety is one of the most common psychological disorders affecting people of all ages and gender.

 Medications, counseling, and other forms of therapy have proven to be effective in treating anxiety. But going natural is highly recommended. Yoga science calms anxiety holistically. It equally addresses physical, mental, and emotional anxiety and produces effects that are long-lasting and healthy.  

The Asanas, Pranayama, and Meditation are the core components of yoga that when practiced reduces anxiety and promotes serenity on a deeper level. These three are natural yoga techniques that affect the body,mind, and soul to release the anxiety and stress.  

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12 Quotes to Help You Find the Silver Lining in Every Cloud | The Health Sessions

12 Quotes to Help You Find the Silver Lining in Every Cloud

“You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.” 

It’s a famous quote from the award-winning Silver Linings Playbook movie, but what does it really mean?

The expression “Every cloud has a silver lining” focuses on finding something positive in a gloomy situation. That’s easier said than done when you’re living with chronic pain, financial worries or relationship problems every day. But just because it’s hard to notice the silver linings during dark times, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any.

Sometimes, there may even come something good of a bad situation. We’ve all heard stories of people who feel their lives changed for the better after tragedy struck. From being forced to reflect upon life to finding their strength and having a new mission in life, many people gain valuable insights or new meaning from redefining moments.

Of course that doesn’t mean you should feel grateful for your problems just because you’ve gained some hard-learned lessons. You can still wish your hardship never happened to you in the first place. Focusing on positive things also doesn’t make your problems any less serious – but it does make the situation easier to bear.

So have a look at these 12 hopeful quotes to look for the silver lining in every dark cloud. 

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