The Nuance of Trauma: Why It's So Important to Treat Unhealed Trauma | The Health Sessions

The Nuances of Trauma: Why It’s Important to Treat Unhealed Trauma

This article is written by Frankie Wallace.

Stiff upper lip. Keep calm and carry on. Soldier through. Put on your big girl/boy pants. Let it go. Our society is filled with platitudes about trauma.

But while these catchy little tropes might make for a good bumper sticker, they certainly don’t make for a good — or healthy — life strategy. The truth is that, contrary to yet another popular cliche, time does not, in fact, heal all wounds.

Quite the contrary. Attempting to simply ignore or “move on” from your trauma is an almost guaranteed way to never truly heal — and the long-term effects, not only to your mental wellbeing but also to your physical health, can be devastating.

You deserve better. You deserve to live your life healed from your trauma. And it can be done.

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19 Fresh Start Quotes for a New Beginning | The Health Sessions

19 Fresh Start Quotes for a New Beginning

It’s what we secretly love about a new year, the start of Spring or back-to-school season: the promise of a fresh start.

Of course there’s nothing special about those dates, nothing that makes them any different than your typical Monday – or any other morning for that matter. But still, those moments of transition feel like a new page, the perfect time to begin again.

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the old you. You don’t have to jump on the ‘new year, new you’ bandwagon, always chasing ‘more’ or ‘better’ things.

But most of us have something they’d like to change, from building a healthy habit or an energizing morning routine to goals and dreams we’d love to achieve. Or maybe you long for closure from a particular chapter in your life. Letting go off limiting beliefs and toxic relationships could also really improve the quality of your life. Hey, even fully accepting yourself and your current situation as it is can be a resolution you make, something to work towards.

I don’t believe in making drastic lifestyle changes, and life is often much too messy for brand-new beginnings without any unfinished business. But to me, there’s hope and magic to be found in new beginnings.

If you feel inspired to turn the page, take a look at these 19 fresh start quotes to begin again. 

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6 Ways to Set Realistic Goals When You're Chronically Ill | The Health Sessions

6 Ways to Set Realistic Goals When You’re Chronically Ill

When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, building healthy habits or going after your wildest dreams, every expert will give you the same advice: set SMART goals. Instead of a vague idea, making your plans specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound will help you to actually achieve your goals. Although that’s definitely a helpful … Read more >

How to Deal with (In)dependence in Romantic Relationships with Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

How to Deal with (In)dependence in Romantic Relationships with Chronic Illness

This article is written by Miranda Davis

Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or recently dating, dealing with chronic illness can be quite challenging. Therefore, it’s helpful to get the itsy bitsy of chronic illness.

Chronic illness can exist at any age, not just in the elderly. A chronic illness can be defined as a persistent long-term health condition that may otherwise not be cured. As opposed to curable acute diseases, which come rapidly and need short-term care, chronic illness is a disability that lasts one or more years and needs ongoing medical care for a person to carry on effectively with their daily activity.

Some examples of chronic illness include diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. Chronic illness can be difficult to recognize because the symptoms are usually invisible. They usually include pain, fatigue and mood disorders.

It can be quite challenging to juggle both chronic illness and dating, but not impossible. Even the word impossible says ‘I’m Possible.’ It is not uncommon for chronically ill patients to feel overly dependent on others, be it spouse or family, and yet there is no shame in getting care from loved ones.

If you’re looking to get back in the dating game after being diagnosed with a chronic illness, you could find love using dating sites. And if you find yourself in love with a chronically ill individual, there is still a way to spice up your relationship without having to feel overwhelmed with care-giving roles on either partner.

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12 Inner Peace Quotes to Find Calm in the Chaos | The Health Sessions

12 Inner Peace Quotes to Find Calm in the Chaos

Living with chronic illness can be pretty stressful, unpredictable and overwhelming. Aside from the physical pain and symptoms, you have to deal with a rollercoaster of emotions, practical problems and an uncertain future.

It’s a far cry from the image most of us have of ‘inner peace’.

But the thing is, you don’t have to be a yogi, serenely meditating in natural surroundings to find that calm state of mind. Even with everything that’s going on around you, it is possible to stay centered and quiet the noise.

Inner peace refers to the ability to remain relatively calm and undisturbed by external conditions. Even in difficult situations, you manage to clear your mind, listen to your own inner voice, and act calm and collected. Inner peace also means you don’t feel so attached to outward events – what people think of you, superficial achievements or keeping up with the Joneses.

The million dollar question of course is, how can you reach that state of inner peace?

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