How to Overcome Summertime Loneliness

How to Overcome Summertime Loneliness | The Health Sessions

 

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.”

– Mother Theresa

 

When you think of loneliness, a bright and sunny day is probably not the first scenario that comes to mind. Long, dark winter nights seem to represent those hollow feelings inside so much better.

And yet, summer time can be a lonely season for anyone who’s not able to fully participate in the festivities during these months, like the chronically ill. Family and friends are away on vacation and caregiving facilities can be closed down for summer or short on staff. This makes getting out and about and socializing even more challenging than usual if you have limited mobility.

And it’s not just about literally being alone and not having someone to talk to and hang out with. Loneliness also refers to feeling alone, like nobody understands what you’re going through. Like Carl Jung said, “loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you“. When you have a chronic or invisible illness, being lonely is often a combination of the two, a cruel mix of social isolation and not feeling heard. Because for the people in your life it can be hard to understand why you may not be able to do seemingly relaxing things like spending a day at the beach.

And during summer, the gorgeous weather and ecstatic Facebook updates about festivals, BBQ’s and exotic holiday destinations only seem to rub your nose in the fact that you’re stuck at home, not being able to join in on the fun.

So how can you deal with loneliness? 

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Your Summer Reading Guide: The Hottest Articles on Healthy Holidays

Summer Reading Guide: The Hottest Articles on Healthy Holidays | The Health Sessions

 

What’s more relaxing on a lazy summer day than getting lost in a good beach read? While I do prefer reading fiction from paper books when I’m on holiday, there’s a lot of great info online about health and psychology that’s worth checking out. So whether you’re lying in your hammock, killing time on the airport or simply sitting in your garden with your tablet in hand, here are some of the hottest articles on having a healthy and happy holiday. Enjoy!

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Ice Ice Baby: 10 Healthy Popsicles for a Cool Summer

Ice Ice Baby: 10 Healthy Popsicles for a Cool Summer

 

A record breaking heat wave has hit Europe this week. What better way to cool down on a hot day than with ice cream? And the good news is, you don’t need any fancy equipment to make your own popsicles with wholesome ingredients! Just blend your favorite fresh fruits with a liquid of your choice (coconut water, plant-based milk, Greek yoghurt), pour the result in popsicle molds and put it in the freezer. You could even sneak in some extra goodness like veggies and avocado if you’d like!

Here are 10 finger-licking good recipes for healthy popsicles. Which one will you try first? 

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The Not-So-Picture-Perfect Road to Health and Happiness

The Not So Picture Perfect Road to Health and Happiness | The Health Sessions

 

Maybe you noticed that, unlike many other health blogs, you rarely see pictures of me sipping green juice or looking fabulous doing yoga on The Health Sessions or social media.

That’s mostly because I’m a pretty private person, who’s watched one too many episodes of CSI Cyber and Stalker. It’s also because I still have a sneaky suspicion that some yoga poses were invented by gurus with slightly sadistic tendencies. And most of the time, my healthy homemade meals don’t look that Instagram-worthy either. (As if eating my dinner when it’s still warm isn’t hard enough with a one-year old at the table without having to take photos.)

But another major reason for not broadcasting pretty pictures of how fun and glamourous a healthy lifestyle can be, is that I don’t want to come off as a hypocrite.

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10 Surprising Salads for Sunny Days

10 Surprising Salads for Sunny Days |The Health Sessions

 

Gone are the days when salads were mere side dishes made from iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes. Although there’s nothing wrong with a good, classic Greek salad, there are so many more and delicious ways to enjoy the abundance of spring and summer produce.

Making a satisfying salad can be as simple as tossing leafy greens in a bowl with a homemade dressing, (leftover) veggies and toppings such as roasted pine nuts, crumbled feta or turkey breast. But the food bloggers listed below show that you can also use more unexpected vegetables, herbs and other fresh ingredients in your summery salad.

Try one of these 10 surprising salads for a little sunshine on your plate! 

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