How to Enjoy Life to the Fullest Despite Chronic Pain | The Health Sessions

How to Enjoy Life to the Fullest Despite Chronic Pain

This article is written by Agatha Singer.

According to statistics, over 1.5 billion people on the planet suffer from chronic pain. Every single one of them knows that this affects every level of a person’s life. Depression, anxiety, and many other health issues are common problems that occur because of the chronic condition.

But you have the power to change your life for the better. Even if your pain cannot be cured, you can make your days lighter and ensure you are able to enjoy all kinds of fun activities. To achieve this, you’ll need to improve your general wellbeing, get new hobbies, and learn to seek help when you need it, among other things.

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The Power of Rituals: Why Meaningful Routines Improve Your Wellbeing | The Health Sessions

The Power of Rituals: Why Meaningful Routines Improve Your Wellbeing

One of the reasons why people love the holiday season is because it’s filled with traditions. From getting together for Thanksgiving dinner to decorating the Christmas tree, December feels like one long series of comforting rituals.

Rituals are often associated with religious customs and the cultural ways we celebrate birth, marriage and death. But did you know that simple rituals like lazy brunches on Sunday and reading bedtime stories each night have powerful benefits for your wellbeing?

A ritual is a set series of actions that you perform regularly. But unlike routine behaviors such as brushing your teeth, rituals are meaningful acts you do with intent. Rituals embody what matters to you by putting your values into practice. That in itself will probably make you happier, but performing simple rituals has more perks for your wellbeing.

Have a look at 5 reasons why rituals have a powerful impact on your health and happiness.  

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12 Quotes to Help You Find the Silver Lining in Every Cloud | The Health Sessions

12 Quotes to Help You Find the Silver Lining in Every Cloud

“You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.” 

It’s a famous quote from the award-winning Silver Linings Playbook movie, but what does it really mean?

The expression “Every cloud has a silver lining” focuses on finding something positive in a gloomy situation. That’s easier said than done when you’re living with chronic pain, financial worries or relationship problems every day. But just because it’s hard to notice the silver linings during dark times, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any.

Sometimes, there may even come something good of a bad situation. We’ve all heard stories of people who feel their lives changed for the better after tragedy struck. From being forced to reflect upon life to finding their strength and having a new mission in life, many people gain valuable insights or new meaning from redefining moments.

Of course that doesn’t mean you should feel grateful for your problems just because you’ve gained some hard-learned lessons. You can still wish your hardship never happened to you in the first place. Focusing on positive things also doesn’t make your problems any less serious – but it does make the situation easier to bear.

So have a look at these 12 hopeful quotes to look for the silver lining in every dark cloud. 

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7 Tips for Managing Your Arthritis Symptoms Naturally | The Health Sessions

7 Tips for Managing Your Arthritis Symptoms Naturally

This article is written by Carolyn Ridland from Caregiver Connection. 

Arthritis is a chronic health condition that affects millions of men and women in the United States. It occurs when one or more of the joints become inflamed and cause pain and other symptoms. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

If arthritis symptoms are not managed well, the condition can interfere with your quality of life and may even lead to reduced mobility. For these reasons, it is important to understand how arthritis affects the body and what you can do to protect your health.

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More Than 'Just a Headache': What's It Like to Live with Migraine? | The Health Sessions

More Than ‘Just a Headache’: What It’s Really Like to Live with Chronic Migraine

What’s it really like to live with chronic health problems every day? How do you deal with the physical symptoms, emotional turmoil and practical problems? In this interview series, real life ‘spoonies’ share their experiences and tips.

Danielle Newport Fancher is a writer, migraine advocate and author of 10: A Memoir of Migraine Survival. She build a network for migraine sufferers called Migraine Writer. 

 

  1. Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Danielle Newport Fancher. I’m a writer and migraine advocate. I’m sick of the stigma that a migraine is seen as “just a headache.” And, I am on a mission to change that perception.

  1. When did you first get sick?

I’ve been suffering from migraine since the age of 16. I’ve experienced chronic migraine for the past ten years. And on 10/2/2013, a migraine started that never stopped. In result. I’ve been battling constant pain ever since. This means that I haven’t had break (not even for a minute) in over five years.

  1. In what ways does having migraine affect your daily life?

Given that I am in constant pain, I am always catering to my migraine in every decision that I make. I don’t want to make a poor decision (like not drinking enough water or accidentally skipping a meal) to put me over the edge and trigger a new migraine.

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