The Importance of Your Surroundings for Your Mental Health & Motivation | The Health Sessions

The Importance of Your Surroundings for Your Mental Health & Motivation

This article is written by Thomas Lanigan. 

Mental health is not just determined by what is happening inside your head. Your environment plays an important role in shaping you. From a poorly lit office to a cluttered bedroom – all these impact your mental health.

The physical environment affects your psychological health directly. External stimuli like natural light and noise trigger a psychological response in your body. In turn, the kind and amount of neurochemicals that are released into your bloodstream strongly influence your mood, energy level and mental focus.

Another major reason why your surroundings matter is that we spend a lot of time thinking about our living environment. Maybe the dishes haven’t been done or the laundry hasn’t been folded in a week. And it bugs you every time you see it.

Changing your environment can improve your health dramatically. Here are some solutions that you can use to improve your environment and mental health.

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40 Journal Prompts to Help You Heal, Grow and Flourish | The Health Sessions

40 Journal Prompts to Help You Heal, Grow and Flourish

For as long as I can remember, writing down my thoughts, hopes, dreams and plans has instantly made me feel better. So to me, it’s no surprise that journaling has so many benefits for your emotional and physical wellbeing.

Trusting your deepest feelings to paper helps to reduce stress, which plays a major role in your overall health. Research shows that emotionally expressing yourself through journaling can strengthen your immunity and reduces symptoms in asthma and arthritis patients. And of course, traditional journaling is also a great tool for self-reflection and personal development, and to rewrite your personal story after traumatic events.

But a diary-style of writing isn’t the only way to keep a journal. Gratitude journaling has gained a lot of popularity over the years, and it’s not hard to see why. Study after study shows that writing down 3 positive things that happened that day is one of the most effective ways to feel happier.

Writing by hand also signals to your brain that ‘this is worth remembering’, which is why so many people use a journal to define their (health) goals and visions. If you write and read your dreams, plans and to-dos every day, you’ll be much more likely to actually achieve them.

No matter if you’re looking to boost your health, happiness or self-growth, grab yourself a journal – I recommend the beautiful & inspiring collection from Emily McDowell – and start jotting down your thoughts with these 40 journal prompts!

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How to Talk to Your Boss about Your Mental Health | The Health Sessions

How to Talk to Your Boss about Your Mental Health

This article is written by Sara Anderson. 

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental health conditions are amongst the most troublesome health distresses in the United States, and 63% are part of the workforce. Mental health problems impact many workers, a fact that is usually ignored because the disorders can be hidden at the work place. Unfortunately, the stigma involved in having a psychiatric disorder in workers may make them hesitant to seek treatment, especially in the current economic statuses.

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How to Deal with Brain Fog When Your Mind's Clouded | The Health Sessions

How to Deal with Brain Fog When Your Mind’s Clouded

It may not be an official medical term, but most of us with chronic illness are all-too-familiar with the concept: brain fog.

Brain fog refers to the inability to think clearly. Your conscious feels clouded, you can’t concentrate and you find it difficult to remember the simplest things. As a result, you may feel confused, disorientated or detached from reality – like you’re walking with your head in the clouds.

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16 Inner Strength Quotes That'll Unleash the Power Within You | The Health Sessions

16 Inner Strength Quotes to Unleash the Power Within You

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” – Bob Riley

Tough times can put you to the test. It’s during these moments that you need to dig deep down and tap into your inner strength to pull through.

Your inner strength is a source of endurance that helps you overcome whatever life throws at you. Even under the best circumstances, we’ve all had to find the courage to stand up for ourselves, try something scary and to keep going against the odds.

But when you’ve been struggling with chronic illness, relationship troubles or financial problems for a long long time, some days you may feel like there’s no strength left inside.

If that’s you, don’t loose heart. You can make yourself strong again, even it’s hard right now. 

Lay the foundation for inner strength by taking good care of yourself, physically and emotionally. It’s not easy to feel determined and fierce when you’re dehydrated, sleep deprived and surrounded by toxic friends.

Then, focus on the desired outcome instead of obstacles on your way. Having a goal and plan will motivate you and push your worries aside. And don’t forget the bigger picture. Take a step back from your current situation and think about your values, core beliefs and purpose. Let your ‘why’ fuel you.

Also look back on your previous experiences. How have you handled challenges in the past? What can you learn from that? Remind yourself of all the times that you made it through tough times. You could also create a coping box with comforting items, mementos or motivational quotes that lift your spirit when you’ve run out of inner strength.

Finally, cultivate an empowering mindset. The way you talk to yourself matters much more than you might think. So give your inner dialogue an upgrade with positive affirmations or these inner strength quotes, and unleash the power within you! 

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