How to Stop Ruminating: Thinking Things Through, Distraction or Mindfulness?

How to Stop Overthinking: Rumination, Distraction & Mindfulness | The Health Sessions

 

“I don’t understand why this is happening to me.”

“God, I’m such a loser for blowing that presentation. What must my colleagues think of me?”

“It’s not fair! Why did he do that to me?”

 

We’ve all been there. In your mind, you keep going over that argument with your friend or the stupid mistake you made, thinking about what you should have done differently.

You try to make sense of the confusing or upsetting situation by meticulously thinking it through. And normally, that kind of reflection can give you new insights, help you learn and improve, so it won’t happen a second time. But when rehashing the negative experience takes over your thoughts, like a broken record that plays the same lyrics again and again, it becomes a serious risk for your health and happiness.

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8 Hot and Healing Drinks to Warm You Up

8 Hot Drinks with Healing Powers | The Health Sessions

 

There’s nothing like cozying up with a cup of tea or hot chocolate when it’s cold outside. Take your warming drinks to the next level by adding ingredients that offer serious health benefits, like immune-boosting spices, (dried) fruit and superfoods such as matcha, maca and medicinal mushroom powders.

Check out these 8 hot beverages with healing powers to warm you up this winter.

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Surviving Flu Season: 12 Natural Tips to Fight Off Colds and Bugs


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Cold and flu season is in full swing.

In the winter months, nasty bacteria and viruses seem to be lurking around every corner. But as it turns out, catching a cold has little to do with the temperature outside, but more with our bodies’ decreased ability to ward off bugs. Research suggests we get sick more often during winter because our immune systems are weakened this time of year.

Luckily, science has also identified ways to boost your immunity through your lifestyle. Now, living healthily is no guarantee to completely prevent illness, but it does give you a better chance to fight off the cold and flu or shorten the duration of your symptoms if you do get ill.

So beat the bugs this year and have a look at these 12 natural tips to survive flu season. 

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Porridge Galore: 12 Warming Breakfasts for Cold Winter Mornings

Porridge Galore: 12 Warming Breakfasts for Cold Winter Mornings | The Health Sessions
Oats with Kale, Egg, Avocado & Sriracha from 26 Grains in London

 

Smoothie bowls may be all the rage, but when it’s still pitch black and chilly outside long after I’ve gotten out of bed, my body craves a more warming breakfast. Luckily, porridge has had a hip and healthy makeover too – and it’s so easy to make!

You just combine your choice of (gluten-free) whole grains and (plant-based) milk and let it simmer on the stove for roughly 10-15 minutes, while stirring frequently. Then it’s time for the fun part: picking your toppings! You can jazz up your basic porridge with all kinds of health-boosting, nutrient-rich toppings: fresh fruit, seeds, nut butters, cacao nibs, avocado and even vegetables. No need to be shy; the taste is in the toppings.

As a rule of thumb for a ‘complete’ breakfast, you could add one good source of vitamin C to your porridge (think: berries, carrots, turmeric) and one topping with healthy fats, like walnuts and shredded coconut. But that’s just a nutritional suggestion; play around with different flavours and ingredients until you find your winning formula.

As you can tell, porridge makes a versatile and nourishing breakfast. Packed with fibers, a bowl of hot ‘n creamy goodness provides a slow release of energy that will keep you satisfied until lunchtime.

So which one of these 10 delicious porridges will you be trying tomorrow morning? 

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The Essential Guide to Transforming Your Health For Good

The Essential Guide to Transforming Your Health For Good | The Health Sessions

 

A new year, a fresh start. 

The beginning of another year always feels like the perfect opportunity to set big goals, pick a ‘theme‘ for the upcoming twelve months or create healthy new routines. But dreaming away and making plans is the fun part – actually realizing your goals is a lot more challenging.

Making New Year’s resolutions has gotten a bad reputation, because so many of us fail to quit smoking, lose weight or hit the gym on a regular basis once the initial motivation and excitement wears off. It’s not surprising that we often don’t succeed in our efforts, since we tend to get carried away with ambitious goals we want to achieve in no time. Real change doesn’t happen overnight; it takes clear intentions, realistic expectations and setting yourself up for success – plus a good dose of perseverance and luck.

Now, I’d hate for you to set your New Year’s resolutions because you feel you need to improve yourself in order to be ‘good enough’. No matter your size and shape, health, abilities and all your quirks, you are perfectly fine just the way you are now.

But I also know what it’s like to wish you were fit, strong and able enough to make that once in a lifetime trip with your lover or dance on your best friend’s wedding. To hope your brain fog would clear so you can study and take driving lessons. If you want less pain and more energy, less worries and more happy moments, less dependence and more mobility, setting goals the right way can surely help improve the quality of your life.

That’s why I rounded up my best articles from the archives, packed with science-backed tips on how to build healthy habits and tried-and-tested ideas for eating healthier, moving more and stressing less. 

And hopefully this will be the year in which you’ll transform your health for good, one baby step at a time.

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