The Nuance of Trauma: Why It's So Important to Treat Unhealed Trauma | The Health Sessions

The Nuances of Trauma: Why It’s Important to Treat Unhealed Trauma

This article is written by Frankie Wallace.

Stiff upper lip. Keep calm and carry on. Soldier through. Put on your big girl/boy pants. Let it go. Our society is filled with platitudes about trauma.

But while these catchy little tropes might make for a good bumper sticker, they certainly don’t make for a good — or healthy — life strategy. The truth is that, contrary to yet another popular cliche, time does not, in fact, heal all wounds.

Quite the contrary. Attempting to simply ignore or “move on” from your trauma is an almost guaranteed way to never truly heal — and the long-term effects, not only to your mental wellbeing but also to your physical health, can be devastating.

You deserve better. You deserve to live your life healed from your trauma. And it can be done.

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How to Easily Get More Variation In Your Diet | The Health Sessions

7 Stress-Free Strategies to Get More Variation in Your Diet

It’s the first rule of healthy eating: eat a wide variety of foods.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDA and DHHS, 1980) advises you to consume something from all 5 major food groups: fruits and vegetables, (whole) grains, meat, poultry, fish and legumes, dairy products, and fats and sweets. You should also try to vary with ingredients within each food group.

But did you know that on average, we only eat 25 different kinds of foods in 3 days? In contrast, research suggests that our hunter-gatherer ancestors used to collect over 55 unique plants to secure food all year round. That’s a pretty big difference! But why should you want to bring more variation to your daily diet?

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4 Simple Ways to Make Exercise a Habit | The Health Sessions

4 Simple Ways to Make Exercise a Habit

This article is written by Veronika William

You find yourself out of breath after climbing the stairs, again. “Enough is enough,” you declare. You march into your local fitness center and sign up for a membership. Perhaps a pal in the same boat joins you. After all, if you have a workout partner, your chances of sticking with the program drastically increase.

For the first few sessions, you’re unstoppable. A week later, one of you can’t make it. “No problem,” you insist. By the end of the month, you haven’t swiped your membership card in more days than you’re comfortable admitting. By the next month, your gym bag is dusty and you’re five pounds heavier.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. A healthy lifestyle cannot be achieved overnight. It takes some degree of effort to make it a routine. For most of us, starting a new workout regimen is easy. Sticking with it, however, often seems next to impossible. Good news: it’s not.

If you’ve repeatedly tried–and subsequently failed–to move your body on a regular basis, consider these 4 tips to turn exercise into a habit.

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19 Fresh Start Quotes for a New Beginning | The Health Sessions

19 Fresh Start Quotes for a New Beginning

It’s what we secretly love about a new year, the start of Spring or back-to-school season: the promise of a fresh start.

Of course there’s nothing special about those dates, nothing that makes them any different than your typical Monday – or any other morning for that matter. But still, those moments of transition feel like a new page, the perfect time to begin again.

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the old you. You don’t have to jump on the ‘new year, new you’ bandwagon, always chasing ‘more’ or ‘better’ things.

But most of us have something they’d like to change, from building a healthy habit or an energizing morning routine to goals and dreams we’d love to achieve. Or maybe you long for closure from a particular chapter in your life. Letting go off limiting beliefs and toxic relationships could also really improve the quality of your life. Hey, even fully accepting yourself and your current situation as it is can be a resolution you make, something to work towards.

I don’t believe in making drastic lifestyle changes, and life is often much too messy for brand-new beginnings without any unfinished business. But to me, there’s hope and magic to be found in new beginnings.

If you feel inspired to turn the page, take a look at these 19 fresh start quotes to begin again. 

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6 Ways to Set Realistic Goals When You're Chronically Ill | The Health Sessions

6 Ways to Set Realistic Goals When You’re Chronically Ill

When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, building healthy habits or going after your wildest dreams, every expert will give you the same advice: set SMART goals. Instead of a vague idea, making your plans specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound will help you to actually achieve your goals. Although that’s definitely a helpful … Read more >