30 Small Acts to Spread Kindness (Including Cute Printables) | The Health Sessions

30 Small Acts to Spread Kindness (Including Cute Printables)

This article is in collaboration with Mint. 

Though life looks a little different right now, the most important things are still right at our fingertips: The people that matter to us and the moments we share with them. Even if only long-distance, or for a few minutes, putting a smile on someone else’s face can out both of you in a great mood.

Not only does doing something kind feel good, but it can actually be good for you, too. Research shows that being kind to others can help speed recovery from illness and even lengthen your lifespan. However, additional research has found that repeated acts of kindness are necessary to sustain the oxytocin boost you get from doing something nice for another person. That’s why creating a habit of compassion and kindness can be incredibly beneficial to your mental and physical health.

Whether you sign up for weekly volunteer sessions, or go out of your way to smile at passers-by, the intention and consistency is more important than what exactly you do, so don’t stress about making the biggest impact. Small acts can go a long way.

To jump-start your kindness habit, here’s a list of small acts of kindness you can do. Try completing all 30 in the month, and you’re sure to feel especially happy.

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7 Tips for Effective Communication with Your E-Doctor | The Health Sessions

7 Tips for Effective Communication with Your E-Doctor

This article is written in collaboration with Laboure College. 

Excellent communication is a fundamental part of any healthy relationship. Like any other healthy relationship, on a broad scale, it really applies to the doctor-patient relationship as well. When the main link of proper communication and understanding is broken between the doctor and patient relationship, a cascade of negative consequences can result. If the patient has not been able to express his or her symptoms, an incorrect diagnosis might be made. 

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations states in their study “Medical Errors and Poor Communication,” that communication errors are the leading cause of 60% to 70% of preventable hospital deaths. If the doctor hasn’t clearly got the idea of what their patient has to say about their symptoms, they may end up prescribing a wrong treatment plan. Bad communication inevitably leads to disappointment for both patient and doctor.

When your doctor is well experienced, you tend to listen to what he has to say rather than explaining your symptoms. But the conversation goes both ways. If you feel like a proper communication isn’t happening between you and your doctor, you might want to consider your communication options – especially in your e-consultation, where you will only have a fixed amount of time. Whether it is a video call or chat service with your physician, open communication plays an essential part in your e-consultation.

Here are 7 tips to help you have a more effective communication with your e-doctor.

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Actively Autoimmune: How Zoe Uses Exercise to Manage Multiple Chronic Conditions | The Health Sessions

Actively Autoimmune: How Zoe Uses Exercise to Manage Multiple Chronic Conditions

What’s it really like to live with chronic health problems every day? How do you deal with the physical symptoms, emotional turmoil and practical problems? In this interview series, real life ‘spoonies’ share their experiences and tips. Zoe is a 28-year old physiotherapist from England who lives with multiple chronic illnesses. On Actively Autoimmune, she shares … Read more >



Your 3-Step Guide to Stop Emotional Eating For Good | The Health Sessions

Are You an Emotional Eater? Here’s How to Stop.

This article is written by David Dack. 

Those chocolate chips may seem delicious when you’re feeling down.

But the relief won’t last. Devoid of the ability to process your emotions, you may become more inclined to turn toward food to find release for your feelings.

In other words, you’re emotionally eating, and it’s bad for you. If you’re dealing with emotional eating right now, I want to let you know that regardless of how challenging and impossible it may seem, you can break out of this seemingly vicious cycle.

Here are my top tips on how to stop emotional eating.

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6 Ways to Adjust to a New Normal | The Health Sessions

6 Ways to Adjust to a New Normal

This article is written by Liza Holst. 

It seems that right now everyone is adjusting to a new normal. Whether that be living with a chronic illness, experiencing anxiety due to the global pandemic we are in, or losing a loved one – it’s crucial to recognize these changes and adapt to them in a healthy way.

Here are 6 ways to make the most of any situation you’re going through right now and how to adapt in these trying times.

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