How You Can Still Embrace Spring During a Season of Self-Isolation | The Health Sessions

How You Can Still Embrace Spring During a Season of Self-Isolation

I’d been looking forward to Spring.

Although we’ve hardly had a ‘real’ winter here in the Netherlands, I was longing to be outside, feel the sun of my face and watch nature come back to life. The blossoming trees and light-hearted energy of new beginnings in the air never fail to put a smile on my face.

But then, the coronavirus spread around the globe, forcing so many of us to stay at home.

I’m no stranger to being stuck indoors. For more than a decade, I spent most of of days in bed or on the couch due to juvenile rheumatism, fibromyalgia and ME/CFS. So I know plenty of ways to keep myself entertained when bored and sick at home – in fact, you can get my 130 best ideas for low-energy activities for free when you sign up here!

But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss simple Spring routines like being in nature, cycling my kids to school, having lunch outdoors and seeing newborn lambs and baby ducks around.

However, if there’s one thing I learned from all those years of being housebound with chronic illness, it’s how to make the most of any situation. Surely there must be a way to get that sense of renewal, growth, rejuvenation and creation between four walls?

No matter if you’re stuck at home due to chronic illness, social distancing or quarantine, here’s how you can still embrace Spring during a season of self-isolation. 

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The Ultimate Reading Guide for Coping with the Coronavirus Crisis | The Health Sessions

The Ultimate Reading Guide for Coping with the Coronavirus Crisis

Never before have I written an article about current events. The Health Sessions is a resource with timeless advice on how to live a good life with chronic illness and get one step closer to your own definition of recovery.

But now that the global pandemic of the coronavirus affects hundreds of millions of lives – including those with pre-existing health problems – I want to contribute with what I do best: sharing tips to help you get through this crisis.

That’s why I’m giving away The Bored and Sick Guide for free when you sign up for the weekly health sessions. You get 130 low-energy ideas to entertain yourself at home and beat the boredom!

What’s more, I’ve rounded up coping strategies, positive distraction and practical tips to deal with social distancing and self-isolation. Here’s your ultimate reading guide for coping with the coronavirus crisis – chronically ill or not. 

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12 Illuminating Quotes to Shine Light in the Darkness | The Health Sessions

12 Illuminating Quotes to Shine Light in the Darkness

Throughout history, the sun, the moon and the stars have inspired many writers. Not only do these solar and lunar bodies shape our days, they also make perfect poetic analogies for going through tough times.

Because when you are in a dark place, literally and figuratively, you cling to every ray of light.

Darkness in itself isn’t bad. Without it, we wouldn’t appreciate the light. And what’s more, darkness can even have surprising upsides. In the literal sense, we need the night to recharge. But also emotional dark times help us reflect on what’s important, make you appreciate life and encourage spiritual growth.

In the end, it’s all about balance.

Take a look at these 12 illuminating quotes to shine light in the darkness. 

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How to Handle Fibromyalgia Pain at the Workplace – 5 Tips You Must Know | The Health Sessions

How to Handle Fibromyalgia Pain at the Workplace – 5 Tips You Must Know

This article is written by Kunal Patel. 

Fibromyalgia is a condition where pain and fatigue are constant companions. This can make it really difficult to work in the office. However, it is not impossible.

Making a few changes at the workplace can help in reducing fibromyalgia pain in hands and fingers, shoulders, neck, knees and back. Here are 5 adjustments you can make to help you cope with fibromyalgia during work hours. 

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How to Prepare for Pregnancy When You Have Pre-Existing Health Problems | The Health Sessions

How to Prepare for Pregnancy When You Have Pre-Existing Health Problems

This article is written by Fay Irungu. Before planning to become pregnant, women should take certain steps to help reduce any risk to you and your unborn baby. Ideally, you want to be in proper health before becoming pregnant. But when you have a chronic illness, how can you successfully prepare for pregnancy despite your pre-existing … Read more >