12 Sea-Inspired Quotes about Swimming Against the Stream | The Health Sessions

12 Sea-Inspired Quotes about Swimming Against the Stream

Living with chronic illness can feel like swimming against the stream: you put all your energy and effort into moving towards your goals, and yet, it’s a struggle to make any sustainable progress.

Some days, you can barely keep your head above water, before you’re hit by the next wave. New symptoms pop up or well-known ones worsen. The smallest things – a few nights of poor sleep, eating too much sugar, tiring events – can throw you off course.

You try to hang onto every buoy you see, from the latest diet and detox trend to natural remedies that stood the test of time. But sometimes the pull of the water is too strong.

When you’re adrift in a sea of sickness, you can swim against the stream or literally go with the flow. There’s no right or wrong choice, it all depends on the situation. Sometimes, working against the tide might cause you to drown from exhaustion, while other times you just need that extra push to reach the shore. In the end, all that matters is that you stay afloat.

Sadly, when you have diabetes, kidney disease or POTS, no one else can do the swimming for you. You’re the one that has to live in and with your body, and all the symptoms, emotions and limitations that come with it. But like the ocean, life with chronic illness goes up and down. Even the roughest sea will calm down, and even the biggest waves eventually take you to the beach. You just got to keep your eyes on the horizon.

Take a look at these 12 sea-inspired quotes to help you stay afloat when you’re swimming against the stream. 

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The Power of Meditation: How to Lower Your Stress Linked to Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

The Power of Meditation: How to Lower Your Stress Linked to Chronic Illness

This article is written by Frankie Wallace. 

Let’s face it. Living with a chronic illness isn’t for the faint of heart. Every day, you’re battling pain, fatigue, and uncertainty. On top of this, you have the disconcerting knowledge that, without some kind of divine intervention or miracle cure, your condition is never going away.

You likely feel afraid, angry, and even powerless. But don’t. You are far stronger than you know, and you have more help in dealing with the stress, managing the emotions, and contending with the physical effects of your illness than you may realize. Meditation, for example. It can be just the weapon you need to fight–and thrive–another day.

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12 Light Pasta Recipes Packed with Flavor - And Veggies! | The Health Sessions

12 Light Pasta Recipes That Are Packed with Flavor (And Veggies!)

Ah pasta. It’s the ultimate comfort food: it warms you up, satisfies your carb cravings and – depending on the recipes – it can be quick and easy to make after a tiring day.

But sadly, spaghetti, macaroni and lasagna don’t have the best reputation when it comes to healthy eating. Pasta tends to be heavy in carbs and calories, especially if you add a creamy sauce like carbonara or high-fat meat balls.

Thankfully, nowadays you can find plenty of light pasta recipes online, from Paleo and vegetarian versions to gluten-free twists packed with vegetables. Ok, maybe the Italian nonnas won’t approve of deviating from their traditional dishes, but at least you can still enjoy your bowl of pasta while sticking to your health goals!

Take a look at these 12 light pasta recipes that are still full of flavor – and veggies! 

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Wheelchair Exercises for the Disabled: 3 Recommended Exercises + Safety Tips | The Health Sessions

Wheelchair Exercises for the Disabled: 3 Recommended Exercises + Safety Tips

This article is written by Maurice Muise. 

Life as a wheelchair user can be challenging no matter where you are on the planet, and daily frustrations are often exacerbated in a million little ways. If you led a physically active life and became a wheelchair user later in life, playing your favorite sport or simply going for a run or a hike might seem impossible.

However, exercise is vital to maintain your health and strengthen your core as a wheelchair user, especially as you get older. According to the International Journal of Nursing Studies, it is possible to increase your fitness levels, improve the quality of your sleep, and make some of your daily activities easier to manage with wheelchair exercises.

Read on to find out how wheelchair exercises can benefit you, which ones are best suited to you, and how to exercise safely while using a wheelchair. 

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The Ultimate Guide for an Amazing Summer , Even If You're Stuck at Home | The Health Sessions

55 Ways to Have an Amazing Summer, Even If You’re Stuck at Home

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Summer is the time for having fun, going on adventures and relaxation. But sadly, you cannot take a vacation from your own body and mind. So when you’re living with chronic illness, the FOMO is real when you see your friends sipping mojitos by the pool or sightseeing picturesque villages on social media while you are stuck at home as usual.

But just because your health problems stop you from joining in on all the fun, that doesn’t mean you can have any fun.

What do you love most about summer? Which activities, sensations and memorable moments do you want to experience?

First, take a close look at the things you’d love to do most to see if there’s any way you could make it happen with some serious planning and pacing. Can’t see how to make it work health-wise? Then try if you can modify your plans to make that activity accessible, like having a champagne brunch instead of going out for cocktails at night, or camping out in the backyard instead of in the wild.

If there’s no way to make your beloved activity doable for you, ask yourself what it is about that beach day, 4th of July barbecue or exotic holiday that you’re longing for. Are you in desperate need of some real R&R, do you want a sense of excitement in your life or are you craving social connection?

Perhaps you can fulfill that underlying desire in a different way. You may not be able to travel to Paris, but you could still have some pain au chocolat and immerse yourself into French culture from the comfort of your home. And you don’t have to visit a luxurious resort to embrace slow living with time for siestas, pampering and a good book.

Even small rituals like eating watermelon, walking barefoot and enjoying long evenings outside can give that summer feeling you’re looking for. You just have to be intentional about creating those amazing summer experiences.

What your summer activities may look like depends a lot on your health and living situation, from your energy levels and mobility to whether or not you have housemates or an outdoor area. When you’re so sick you can barely leave your bed, there’s little to no room for uncomplicated fun. That’s why not every tip will work for everyone. This list is simply meant to inspire you and see how you can make things work for your unique circumstances.

With that in mind, here are 55 spoonie-proof ideas for an amazing summer, even if you’re stuck at home with chronic illness.

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