12 Determination Quotes to Spark Your Persistence | The Health Sessions

12 Determination Quotes to Spark Your Persistence

The whole deal of chronic illness is that it’s a long-term thing. Normally, when you encounter a problem, you deal with it and you move on. But living with chronic illness means there is no easy fix – and sometimes no fix at all. To keep going, to make the most of each day even though you’re sick and in pain demands a lot from your emotional resilience.

I’ve always felt that living with a chronic illness feels a lot like starring in your own action hero movie. Everyday living can seem like a quest, demanding all your willpower to complete simple tasks and achieve your goals. You need a determined mind to continuously take action to finish your studies, get through your workday, raise your kids or pursue your dreams despite the obstacles on your way.

But unlike our movie heroes, in real life you don’t get inspirational speeches during those moments you’re struggling to hang. So to fuel your motivation, take a look at these 12 quotes to spark your determination and persistence. 

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6 Surprising Health Benefits of Journaling That You Never Knew | The Health Sessions

6 Surprising Health Benefits of Journaling That You Never Knew

This article was written by Sara from Jofelo.com 

Keeping a diary used to be something that we did as kids or as teenagers. We wrote down all our angry thoughts about our parents and doodled that boys name on all the pages, then stuffed them under our pillow in the golden hiding spot. As we aged, many of us stopped writing, believing that it wasn’t something you did as an adult, but science is saying much to the opposite effect.

This article is going to look at some of the many benefits there are for journaling. Perhaps you’ll even be dusting off your own journal or get one my favorites, a new Jofelo journal by the end.

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13 Spoonie-Proof Strategies to Improve Your Attention Span | The Health Sessions

13 Spoonie-Proof Strategies to Improve Your Attention Span

“Where did I leave my keys?”

“It’s on the tip of my tongue…”

We all know what it’s like to be forgetful or have trouble finding the right words. But when your brain constantly lets you down, it has a big impact on your daily life.

Cognitive problems like poor memory, slow thinking, difficulty focusing and mental fatigue are common and frustrating symptoms that accompany many chronic diseases. Mild mental impairments can be the result of physical changes in your body, a side effect from medical treatments or intensified by stress, anxiety and depressive feelings.

People often don’t realise how much cognitive problems affect your everyday activities. When you can’t think as clearly and fast as you used to, it can be hard to finish your studies, perform well at your job, navigate busy traffic safely or even join in on conversations. As a result, having cognitive problems can contribute to loneliness and social isolation almost as much as physical symptoms do.

Attention – the mental ability to focus on one thing while mostly ignoring everything else that’s going on around you – is one of our most basic cognitive functions. It supports countless brain activities, from listening to someone talk and reading this sentence to driving and memorizing new facts.

That’s why the tips below focus on the often-overlooked mental side of recovery: your attention span. 

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5 Positive Psychology Books for a Happy Fulfilling Life | The Health Sessions

5 Positive Psychology Books for a Happy, Fulfilling Life

For most of its history, the main goal of the field of psychology was to prevent and treat mental health problems. It wasn’t until twenty years ago that prominent psychologists shifted their attention from reducing suffering to studying how people can lead a good and happy life. Instead of trying to get depressed and anxious patients back to a neutral state, this new area of research focused on what a person would need to flourish – to go from feeling “OK” about life to finding fulfillment.

Positive psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning, searching for the factors that allow individuals to thrive. With an ever-growing body of research, positive psychology wants to build a bridge between the academic theories and the self-help movement. Because how do we define happiness? What do we need to be happy and how can we put the results from all those studies into practice?

Have a look at these 5 must-read positive psychology books from the leading experts on happiness.

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How to Be a Good Friend Even Though You're Chronically Ill | The Health Sessions

How to Be a Good Friend Eventhough You’re Chronically Ill

Being a good friend and having a chronic illness are not mutually exclusive. Of course not; you can still have a good time together, listen to your BFF’s adventures and share your problems. But it is harder to maintain friendships when you feel sick every day. It’s harder to be a part of their lives when you’re housebound. It’s harder to do fun things together when you have limited mobility. It can even be challenging to find common ground when your friend goes to college, builds a career, gets married and has kids while your life is on hold as a result of your chronic illness.

Much has been written about how you can support your friend in need – I recommend There’s No Good Card for This –  but what about the other way around? How can you keep friendships alive when you’re the one who’s sick?

Here are some ideas to be a good friend even though you’re chronically ill. 

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