The Art of Savouring: 21 Ideas to Fully Enjoy Everyday Moments | The Health Sessions

The Art of Savouring: 21 Ideas to Fully Enjoy Every Day

That feeling when you kick back, relax and contently take in everything that’s happening around you.

When you relish the taste of a piece of good chocolate or bask in the beauty of nature.

Savouring is the art of consciously enjoying wonderful moments. It’s about noticing and appreciating the good things in life, by consciously paying attention to pleasurable experiences. By being aware of what you feel, sense and see, you actively construct vivid memories and prolong good experiences.

According to Fred Bryant and Joseph Veroff, authors of Savoring: A New Model of Positive Experience, savouring intensifies and lengthens positive emotions. Research suggests that those positive feelings elicited by savouring protect against the negative effects of poor health by reducing stress and increasing optimism. Practicing savouring also leads to more life satisfaction, stronger relationships and better performance.

And the good news is: you can easily enhance your wellbeing with savouring. Have a look at these 21 ideas to make the most of everyday moments. 

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12 Wellness Practices From Around The World | The Health Sessions

12 Wellness Practices From Around the World

This article is written by Shari’s Berries

Stress is a normal part of everyday life. In fact, small amounts of stress are surprisingly beneficial for us, keeping us motivated to perform. But, in today’s world we’re bombarded by situations that cause stress. Whether its finances, family issues, pain, or something else, too much stress can actually increase the symptoms of chronic illness. That’s why it’s important to learn how to manage your stress.

Just like eating well and getting exercise, stress reduction is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Even more, it turns out people around the world have their own unique way to practice self-care and wellness. Next time you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, check out these happiness and wellness practices from around the world. Who knows, you may even incorporate one into your daily routine! 

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Why Chilling Isn't The Same as Real Rest (And What to Do Instead) | The Health Sessions

Why Chilling Isn’t The Same as Real Rest (And What You Should Do Instead)

Flicking through magazines, watching YouTube clips and browsing social media are welcome distractions when your body needs a time-out. Curling up on the couch with your latest Netflix addiction surely is entertaining, but there’s a big difference between chilling in front of the TV and real rest.

Real rest encompasses more than lying still and keeping activity to a minimum. It involves activating your body’s natural relaxation response, a state of deep rest that balances your nervous system and promotes healing.

When you feel under pressure, your body releases stress hormones, triggering your sympathetic nervous system to prepare for fight or flight. The adrenaline in your bloodstream makes your heart beat fast, quickens your breathing and tenses your muscles. That’s very helpful in dangerous situations, but unfortunately it’s also activated by everyday challenges like traffic jams and work deadlines.

Contrary to this all-too-common stress response, the relaxation response acts like a built-in tranquilizer. It stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system to slow down your heart rate and breathing, relax your muscles and boost your immunity. Research even shows that mind-body interventions that activate the relaxation response, such as yoga and meditation, can reverse harmful inflammation at DNA level.

And what’s best of all: you have the power to produce this relaxation response whenever and wherever you want.

So let’s have a look at how you can maximize your downtime with 7 powerful practices. 

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Why I Do What I Do | The Health Sessions

Why I Do What I Do

When I was 13 years old, my world got turned upside down. What started as a bad case of mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr) and inflamed joints, grew into juvenile arthritis, ME/CFS and fibromyalgia. For most of my teenage years, I was exhausted, in pain and housebound. Instead of going to school, hanging with friends and having fun, I spend my days lying on the couch. It probably doesn’t need explaining how soul crushing that was.

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Mocktail Hour: 12 Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Your Next Party | The Health Sessions

Mocktail Hour: 12 Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Your Next Party

Are you always the one sipping soda at parties because you’re on medication, the designated driver or simply don’t like the taste of wine? Just because you don’t drink alcohol, doesn’t mean you can’t have a fabulous, sophisticated drink. Mocktails are fresh and festive blends that forgo the liquor but keep the flavour. From a virgin version of classic drinks like mojitos and pina colada to elegant limeades, there’s a fun nonalcoholic beverage for every occasion. Have a look at these 12 booze-free drinks for your next mocktail hour.

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