8 Science-Backed Strategies to Boost Your Mood | The Health Sessions

8 Science-Backed Strategies to Boost Your Mood

There’s nothing wrong with being sad, frustrated or angry from time to time. Life isn’t always easy and you don’t have to “just be positive” all the time when you’re struggling with your health, relationships or finances.

But when you feel down, worried or tense more often than not, it may be a warning sign for you to take action. Depression and anxiety disorders can have a really negative impact on your health, happiness and overall functioning. So what can you do to take care of your mental health?

Have a look at these 8 scientifically proven strategies to boost your mood. 

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Before Diagnosis: What Can You Do While Doctors Figure Out What's Wrong WIth You? | The Health Sessions

Before Diagnosis: What Can You Do While Doctors Figure Out What’s Wrong with You?

When you’re generally healthy and you become sick, you expect to go to the doctor’s, get a physical examination and then go home with a diagnosis and a prescription. But things aren’t always that clear-cut.

Sometimes symptoms can be vague, fitting many different diagnostic criteria. Or maybe your test results come back inconclusive, or not even show that something is wrong at all – while you’re obviously not doing fine.

But getting the right diagnosis is often the first step towards finding a cure or managing your symptoms. In the meantime, how do you handle being sick? What can you do to deal with the pain, fatigue, anxiety, stress and practical problems?

Before diagnosis, is there anything helpful you can do while doctors figure out what’s wrong with you? 

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14 Patience Quotes For When Your Persistence Is Being Tested | The Health Sessions

14 Patience Quotes For When Your Persistence Is Being Tested

There’s nothing like chronic illness to put your patience to the test. When you become sick, you spend a lot of time waiting – waiting to figure out what’s wrong with you, waiting for treatment options, waiting to find a new ‘normal’ again. There are no quick fixes or overnight cures.

And all the while, your illness doesn’t take a break. That’s the big difference between getting worked up over being stuck in traffic or other irritating situations – you can’t escape your own body and mind.

The urban dictionary defines patience as ‘the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.’ But in a world of instant gratification, being patient is slowly becoming an old-fashioned virtue.

Take a look at these 14 patience quotes to help you hang in there when your persistence is being tested. 

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Fighting Phobias: The Things That Go Bump in the Mind | The Health Sessions

Fighting Phobias: The Things That Go Bump in the Mind

This article is written by Jessica Smith.

Phobias are anxiety disorders that instill fear or panic in your mind. A phobia causes excessive, irrational fear in an individual about an object, a creature, an event or a feeling. A person with a phobia gets panic attacks when faced with their source of fear. They shape their lives to avoid facing the things which they consider dangerous. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states that phobia affects almost 18.1% of the US population every year.

There are three types of phobias:

  1. Specific Phobia: This affects nearly 8.7% of the US population. Women are more susceptible to have a specific phobia.  There are further categories of Specific phobia, namely:  fear of natural environment, situational phobia, blood-injection-injury phobia, and animal phobia. There are more than 350 types of phobia in these four categories, like the fear of snakes, dogs, flying, driving, heights, darkness, storm, needles and blood.
  2. Social Phobia:It is a form of social anxiety where people have a fear of public embarrassment and humiliation that can disrupt a healthy life. Men are more likely to have social phobia than women. Another common social phobia is the fear of public speaking. The other concerns related to social phobia are of talking to strangers, being judged by others, and drinking at public places.
  3. Agoraphobia:This is the most disabling of all phobias. It is the fear of being trapped in a place where immediate escape is not possible. People with agoraphobia avoid crowded places because of the fear that they might get panic attacks if they can’t escape. They prefer staying at home to avoid a social situation. People with chronic health issues have a fear of need for a medical emergency in public places or trapped rooms.

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12 Stress-Busting Quotes to Help You Stop Worrying | The Health Sessions

12 Stress-Busting Quotes to Help You Stop Worrying

No one knows what the future will bring, but that doesn’t stop most of us from wondering what might happen. While fantasizing about your dream trip, that cute date or your next career move can be motivating and constructive, worrying too much triggers all kinds of physical and emotional reactions.

When you’re overly concerned about a troubling situation, you probably have trouble sleeping and experience tense muscles, poor concentration and high stress levels. Excessive worrying may even lead to anxiety disorders, digestive problems, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system.

Just like ruminating about past events, you can stop your worrying from becoming problematic by moving your body, engaging in constructive forms of distraction and practicing mindfulness.

Take a look at these 12 stress-busting quotes about worrying to face your future, come what may, with more confidence. 

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