What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag: 17 Essentials for a Comfortable Stay

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag: 17 Essentials for a Comfortable Stay

Let’s face it: staying in the hospital is never a fun experience. You’re sick, in need of medical treatment, and on your own in unfamiliar surroundings. Especially if you’re stuck in bed for several days, you might feel sad, stressed, lonely and bored.

Luckily, there are a few things you can bring to make yourself more comfortable. Here’s a checklist of what to pack in your hospital bag for an overnight stay. 

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5 Key Ways to Support a Loved One with Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

5 Key Ways to Support a Loved One with a Chronic Disease

This article is written by Melisa Marzett from Essay Editor.

It’s a real shock to find out that someone you care about suffers from a disease that could lead to disability or even death. To family and friends, it may seem like their plans and dreams together have faded, and only uncertainty, loss and grief remain.

“Loneliness constantly tormented me, it seemed as if I was cut off from everyone,” says my friend Kathleen, whose husband suffered from chronic depression. “Nothing ahead could be seen. We could not even invite guests or go to someone. In the end, we almost completely stopped communicating with people.” Many relatives, just like Kathleen, experience guilt because they feel there’s little they can do to help.

Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross established that a significant part of ill people go through several stages of grief when diagnosed with a (life-threatening) illness. What do these phases look like and what can family and friends do to support a loved one with a chronic disease?

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9 Coffee Alternatives to Try If You're Cutting Back on Caffeine | The Health Sessions

9 Coffee Alternatives to Try If You’re Cutting Back on Caffeine

Does drinking (too much) coffee make you jittery, anxious or makes it harder to fall asleep? You’re not alone.

There’s a lot of conflicting evidence about coffee. Some research states that a moderate caffeine consumption may actually be good for you, while other studies found adverse side-effects of excess caffeine, like insomnia, anxiety and heart palpations.

One of the explanations for these mixed results may lie in your genes. Thanks to genetic variations, some people produce a less active version of the enzyme responsible for metabolizing caffeine than others. If that’s the case, caffeine will stay in your body and brain for a longer period of time. As a result, the physiological effects of caffeine will be more pronounced. That’s why slow-metabolizers experience are more sensitive to consuming caffeine than fast-metabolizers.

And of course, things like your liver health, use of oral contraceptives or being pregnant also play a role in caffeine sensitivity. 

Whatever your reasons for wanting to cut back on caffeine, you can still wake up to a warming, energizing drink. Try these 9 coffee alternatives to start your day off with a bang. 

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6 Natural Ways to Take Care of Your Skin in Winter | The Health Sessions

6 Natural Ways To Take Care of Your Skin in Winter

This article is written by Jessica Smith. 

The winter season is not the best when it comes to maintaining the health of your skin. The coldness and the low level of humidity deprive the skin of all its moisture. The immediate result comprises of dry skin, cracking and bleeding. It is also common for people to drink less water than what they consume in summers. Besides, taking showers with warm water on a daily basis further causes the skin to dry up and lose the smoothness. That’s why you should keep in mind certain tips that shall help you a great deal to achieve a youthful and radiant skin even during the winter season.

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28 Tips to Nourish Your Mind in a Healthy Way | The Health Sessions

28 Tips to Nourish Your Mind in a Healthy Way

Have you ever stopped to think how the information you absorb all day long influences you? How does following the news, reading books, listening to podcasts, browsing the net and playing video games make you feel? And how does this mental input impact your thought patterns, brain chemistry and following physiological reactions?

In the previous post, we talked about the importance of minding your mental diet. We also covered 5 essential questions to ask yourself about how much and which kind of input you want to consume. Now it’s time for the next step: how can you crowd out the ‘mental junk food’ and add more ‘virtual vitamins’ to your mental diet?

Have a look at these 28 tips to nourish your mind in a healthy way. 

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