12 Simple Ways To Make Your Home More Accessible | The Health Sessions

12 Simple Ways To Make Your Home More Accessible

This article is written by Jacklyn Donalds. 

We’ve all experienced days when accomplishing even the simplest of everyday tasks can prove to be a struggle. Chronic illness is commonly associated with discomfort, pain and fatigue. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can present these in addition to mobility and coordination challenges, which can make daily tasks difficult on a regular basis.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), six out of ten adults in the US have a chronic disease, one out of four live with some type of disability, and only .73% of housing units with a resident wheelchair user is actually fully wheelchair accessible. When faced with mobility challenges, the accessibility of a given environment is a major determining factor in how engaged and active you’re able to be. This is especially important in the home, where you should have the most peace of mind.

Luckily, there are some relatively simple steps that can be taken around the house that can help you conserve energy and accomplish tasks more efficiently.

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8 Mind Tricks to Cope with Chronic Pain | The Health Sessions

8 Mental Techniques to Cope with Chronic Pain

There’s an overwhelming amount of advice available about how to reduce pain. But how exactly do you deal with pain that won’t go away?

Millions of people around the world suffer from pain that continues beyond the expected period of healing. When you experience chronic pain, your body is in a constant state of fight-or-flight. This on-going stress damages your body and even changes the neural circuits in your brain. Chronic pain can also lead to depression, anxiety, sleeping disorders and avoidant behavior, which in turn worsen your existing pain.

Everyone copes with pain differently, but some ways are more effective and constructive than others. When it comes to chronic pain, there’s one group of strategies you may easily overlook: how to manage pain with your mind. 

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12 Courage Quotes to Inspire You to Be Brave | The Health Sessions

12 Courage Quotes to Inspire You to Be Brave

From biblical tales to action hero movies, courage is a virtue that’s universally admired. Many stories portray the courageous knights, explorers and freedom fighters as people who are fearless and bold.

But in reality, courage doesn’t mean you’re not afraid. On the contrary: without fear, there is no courage.

Courage is about feeling the fear yet deciding to act anyway. Not in a reckless way, but thoughtfully taking necessary risks. More than just physical bravery, courage is also about keeping your head held high when life gets tough. It’s about standing up for what’s right, even if you might get hurt. As Brené Brown has shown us, there lies true courage in daring to be vulnerable.

Thankfully, courage isn’t something you’re born with or not – it’s a skill that can be cultivated. Do you want to be braver? Take a look at these 12 courage quotes. 

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45 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up When You're Down | The Health Sessions

45 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up When You’re Down

Life gets all of us down sometimes. And that’s perfectly normal – you shouldn’t push your sadness, anxiety or loneliness away. But it isn’t helpful to get stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts, feelings and behavior either.

Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to instantly boost your mood. You might be tempted to drown your sorrows by eating junk food, having one more glass of wine or obsessively checking your phone. Those actions might brighten your mood for a moment, but they’ll only make you feel even worse afterwards.

To really get out of your funk, take a look at these 45 ways to cheer yourself up when you’re down (that don’t involve ice cream). 

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7 Tips for Staying Fit When You Have a Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

7 Tips for Staying Fit When You Have a Chronic Illness

This article is written by Anita Fernandes. 

Chronic illness is often associated with long-term discomfort and pain. This long term pain can change a person’s mood and disposition and increase their risk of anxiety and depression. Exercise is one of the simplest ways to improve your quality of life if you suffer from a chronic illness. This is because exercise not only strengthens the body but also improves mood. Having a chronic illness does not necessarily mean that you need to lead a sedentary lifestyle – in fact, you will benefit more from daily exercise than most people.

Take a look at these 7 tips to stay fit when you have a chronic illness.

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