13 Transformative Quotes about Growth | The Health Sessions

13 Transformative Quotes about Change

Change can be a little scary. Even positive changes like moving to a new city, changing jobs or becoming a parent can make you feel uncomfortable, because it involves stepping out of your comfort zone without knowing how things will turn out.

When your life is suddenly turned upside down by illness or loss, it’s not just uncertainty and fear of the unknown that affect you.  You also grieve all the things you unexpectedly have to miss – your normal activities, the plans you’d made, someone you loved.

In the middle of such a crisis, the last thing you want – or need! – to hear is that adversity can also be an opportunity for growth. But there is some truth in those words. Change, good or bad, is not only an ending, but also a new beginning. Life-altering events like becoming chronically ill cause immense suffering. Nobody wishes for that kind of ‘opportunity’, but sometimes, your struggle can also bring you unforeseen positive things. Maybe you’ll become (even) more resilient and compassionate. Or perhaps your relationships grow stronger and you discover what truly matters to you. There’s even a psychological term for the inner strength and newfound appreciation for life people experience after enduring hardship: post-traumatic growth.

So when you’re ready, how can you look for the new possibilities hidden within the adversity? Get inspired by these 13 transformative quotes about change. 

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30 Small Acts to Spread Kindness (Including Cute Printables) | The Health Sessions

30 Small Acts to Spread Kindness (Including Cute Printables)

This article is in collaboration with Mint. 

Though life looks a little different right now, the most important things are still right at our fingertips: The people that matter to us and the moments we share with them. Even if only long-distance, or for a few minutes, putting a smile on someone else’s face can out both of you in a great mood.

Not only does doing something kind feel good, but it can actually be good for you, too. Research shows that being kind to others can help speed recovery from illness and even lengthen your lifespan. However, additional research has found that repeated acts of kindness are necessary to sustain the oxytocin boost you get from doing something nice for another person. That’s why creating a habit of compassion and kindness can be incredibly beneficial to your mental and physical health.

Whether you sign up for weekly volunteer sessions, or go out of your way to smile at passers-by, the intention and consistency is more important than what exactly you do, so don’t stress about making the biggest impact. Small acts can go a long way.

To jump-start your kindness habit, here’s a list of small acts of kindness you can do. Try completing all 30 in the month, and you’re sure to feel especially happy.

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Your 3-Step Guide to Stop Emotional Eating For Good | The Health Sessions

Are You an Emotional Eater? Here’s How to Stop.

This article is written by David Dack. 

Those chocolate chips may seem delicious when you’re feeling down.

But the relief won’t last. Devoid of the ability to process your emotions, you may become more inclined to turn toward food to find release for your feelings.

In other words, you’re emotionally eating, and it’s bad for you. If you’re dealing with emotional eating right now, I want to let you know that regardless of how challenging and impossible it may seem, you can break out of this seemingly vicious cycle.

Here are my top tips on how to stop emotional eating.

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6 Ways to Adjust to a New Normal | The Health Sessions

6 Ways to Adjust to a New Normal

This article is written by Liza Holst. 

It seems that right now everyone is adjusting to a new normal. Whether that be living with a chronic illness, experiencing anxiety due to the global pandemic we are in, or losing a loved one – it’s crucial to recognize these changes and adapt to them in a healthy way.

Here are 6 ways to make the most of any situation you’re going through right now and how to adapt in these trying times.

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Parenting with Chronic Illness: How Not to Overburden Your Kids | The Health Sessions

Parenting with Chronic Illness: How Not to Overburden Your Kids

All you want as a parent is for your kids to be happy and eventually become kind, responsible adults.

But then again, you also don’t want your children to have to grow up too soon. Unfortunately, being a parent with chronic illness can make your job a lot harder.

When mom or dad becomes sick and does not get better, the life of your entire family changes. Kids may have to learn how to do things independently more quickly than you would have liked to. What’s more, your son or daughter may worry about you or feel sad you can’t attend their concert or ball game.

Now there’s nothing wrong with doing chores around the house and learning taking care of each other. But as a parent who’s daily functioning is affected by chronic illness, you’ve probably found yourself worrying: What effect will my disease have on my kids? Am I putting too much weight on their small shoulders?

When a child takes on the job of looking after their parent(s) instead of the other way around, we call this parentification. There are two kinds of parentification:

  • Instrumental parentification: The kids take over many or all physical chores of the parent(s), including looking after siblings or paying the bills.
  • Emotional parentification: Children are asked to provide emotional support to a parent and listen to their (adult) problems.

This kind of role reversal disrupts the development of a secure attachment and has far-reaching effects on kids’ mental health. Parentified children may show signs of depression and anxiety, constant worrying and physical symptoms of chronic stress, like headaches and stomach pain. Even later in life, adults who were parentified as kids have an increased risk of mental health problems, substance abuse and getting involved in unhealthy relationships.

When you can’t shield your kids from the reality of living with (severe) chronic illness, what can you do to not overburden your kids? 

Every family, illness and situation is different, but here are some suggestions.

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