10 Cozy Ideas to Cope with Social Isolation | The Health Sessions

10 Cozy Ideas to Cope with Social Isolation

When you’re living with chronic illness, you’re probably no stranger to social isolation. Lasting health problems often force us to limit our work and social life, and spend a lot of time at home instead.

But this year is different, even for us. Inviting people over may be restricted, or a risk you’re not willing to take. And going outside can be even more challenging than before.

So what can you do to get through this period of social isolation? Obviously, a lot depends on your living situation, if you have housemates and your health condition. But here are some ideas to get cozy at home this Fall and Winter.

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How Arts Can Improve Your Mental Health | The Health Sessions

How Arts Can Improve Your Mental Health

This article is written by Justin Osborne. 

Art is one of the most important fundamental expressions humans are capable of. From the prehistoric cave drawings to the modern-day artworks, we used brushes, instruments, words, and movements to communicate what goes beyond our everyday tasks and basic needs.

Creating and experiencing art lifts spirits, helps make connections, and at times, makes us experience feelings that can be described as “glimpses of eternity”. Knowing this, it comes as no surprise that creative arts have a huge positive impact on human health, improving focus on positive life experiences, reducing stress levels, and alleviating physical pain among others.

When it comes to the effect artistic expression can have on an individual’s mental state, here’s what benefits you can expect if you include creativity into your everyday routine.

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14 Life Story Quotes to Help You Rock Your Next Chapter | The Health Sessions

14 Life Story Quotes to Rock Your Next Chapter

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“Life is like a story; it unfolds its beauty and tragedy along with your thoughts.” ― Debasish Mridha

You know how you can predict how your typical boy-meets-girl romcom will go and yet you’re still excited to see the movie? That’s because the human brain is hard-wired for stories.

Life rarely goes as planned, and our life story is how we all make sense of an unpredictable world and our place in it. We turn a complex, disjointed situation into a plot with a beginning, middle and an ending – including the occasional twist, cliffhanger, villains and heroes.

Life stories are not a chronological summary of events that occurred, but more a fluid narrative of how you interpret those life events. The messages our parents gave us growing up, the experiences we’ve had, the environment we live in –  they all shape the story we tell ourselves about life, the world around us and our own identity.

In turn, those beliefs shape our daily reality. For example, if deep down you feel that you aren’t good enough, you’ll probably react differently to a comment about your looks than your confident friend. Beliefs about your basic personality tend to create a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you consider yourself a shy person, you’re less likely to apply for that top position you secretly want. That’s why the life story you tell yourself matter much more than you think.

Narrative psychology tries to separate the person from their problems, by framing their story in a larger context. What’s more, the techniques help to create an alternative, more constructive storyline than the one you’re telling yourself right now.

Are you ready for the next chapter? Read how you can turn the page and watch a better story unfold with these 14 life story quotes. 

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How to Know If Hair Loss Is a Sign of Serious Illness | The Health Sessions

How to Know If Hair Loss Is a Sign of Serious Illness

This article is written by Lee Walters.

Besides protecting and insulating our scalp, the hair on our head is mother nature’s organic style accessory, as it also complements our beauty. A voluminous and shiny mane with plenty of movement is what most people consider healthy and find attractive. So, it’s perfectly reasonable for your heart to skip a beat when you find a clump of hair in the drain.

Debilitated, feeble, and fragile hair is often associated with health issues, and hair loss can signal the existence of an underlying medical condition. Other times, it can only be a result of improper hair care.

Read through our article to find out when it’s time to visit your dermatologist or physician, or when to change your favorite shampoo brand.  

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