An Action Plan for Recovery: How to Bounce Back from Health Setbacks | The Health Sessions

An Action Plan for Recovery: How to Bounce Back from Health Setbacks

 It was inevitable.

There had been plenty of signs that I was slowly heading towards the ‘danger zone’: sleepless nights, inflamed joints and flare-ups of old symptoms. I was running on empty, but kept going. Sometimes you have to push beyond your limits in order to make significant progress on what matters in your life.

So it didn’t come as a surprise that after months of working intensely on a psychological study, launching this website and celebrating milestones in my friend’s lives, I was feeling completely worn out.

Optimistically, I’d figured that taking two weeks off to relax and catch up on sleep would help get my health back on track. Yeah… I should have known better. Instead, my body was thinking: “Oh good, I’m finally done? Time for some thorough restoration!”, leaving me feeling worse than before.

Dealing with health setbacks can be tough, even when you’ve been living with chronic illness for a long time. Sometimes, like in my case, it’s obvious what’s causing your flare-ups. Other times, it feels like a mysterious game of ‘two steps forward, one step back’ – one that you didn’t agree to play in the first place. But the question always remains: what can you do to slowly get back on your feet again?

I like creating an action plan for recovery – a rough guide on how I intend to gradually rebuild my health. Do you need a strategy to help you bounce back from your health setback? Here are some essential items that you can put on your own recovery to-do list.

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Kaila Prins about Coping with Eating Disorders: “I see it as a challenge that I want to overcome every single day”

This is the first interview in a series about what it’s really like to cope with chronic illness every day. How do you deal with the physical symptoms, emotional turmoil and practical problems? Today Kaila Prins of In My Skinny Genes shares her story about living with an eating disorder and how blogging about it helped her heal. 

 

Kaila Prins

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a 26 (soon be 27–where did the time go?) year old Marketing Copywriter living in San Jose, CA.  I’m also a certified personal trainer, an exercise addict, and a recovering anorectic. I currently blog about disordered eating and exercise at inmyskinnygenes.com and run the Finding Our Hunger podcast. On the podcast, we talk to everyday people as well as “personalities” about their journey instead of the end point, and we share stories of working through issues of disordered eating, body image, identity, career goals, perfectionism, and building community in this strange, wonderful constantly-changing world.

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How to Get Through Your Workday When You Feel Exhausted

We all have days when we’re struggling to get through our workday because we’re tired or unwell. Whether you had a sleepless night or you’re coming down with a cold, there’ll be mornings when you barely have the energy to drag yourself out of bed.

But when you’re living with chronic health problems or disabilities, you might be dealing with exhaustion, pain or limitations on a more regular basis. With symptoms flaring up unexpectedly, it’s just not possible to call in sick every time you feel worn out.

So somehow you’ll have to find a way to function well at your job while still looking after your health. Maybe your situation requires you to consider long-term solutions, like talking with your boss to explore alternatives or adjusting your work environment to meet your needs. But on days that you (still) feel run-down and miserable, what can you do to be as productive as possible? 

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Expert Advice: 11 Tips for Boosting Your Daily Happiness| The Health Sessions

Expert Advice: 11 Tips for Boosting Your Daily Happiness

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck

Do you wake up in the morning feeling positive about life?

Most of the health advice we receive encourages us to eat healthily, be physically active and avoid bad habits like smoking. But it may be time to add “be happy” to the list of standard health recommendations.

An overwhelming amount of scientific studies have found that optimistic people who enjoy life have stronger immune systems, lower stress levels, less pain and even a longer life expectancy than unhappy people.

You might be wondering how you can start to feel happier when you’re struggling with daily hassles and life’s difficulties.

Being happy doesn’t mean you have to be cheerful and smiling all the time. Happiness is an overall satisfaction with your life, as well as the sum of the fleeting feelings you experience every day.

Research by Barbara Fredrickson shows that, in order to flourish, we should have three positive emotions for every negative one. To feel happier, we shouldn’t focus on avoiding bad moments, but on finding ways to increase the positivity in our lives.

So what can you do to cultivate more positive emotions like joy, love and gratitude? What small change can you make that will have a profound impact on your daily happiness? 

Six experts on emotional wellbeing share their best tips on how to be happy.

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How to Relieve Pain Naturally | The Health Sessions

How to Relieve Pain Naturally

Waves of aching pulsing through your brain.

Sharp sensations shooting in your backside.

Intense cramping in your stomach.

Being in pain can seriously ruin your day. It’s no wonder most of us are quick to take a painkiller to stop the aching so we can get on with our lives. But mindlessly popping a pill can carry potential risks that may make you want to consider (complimentary) natural ways to ease your pain.

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