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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How Yoga Calms Anxiety Holistically | The Health Sessions

How Yoga Calms Anxiety Holistically

This article was written by Manmohan Singh from Rishikul Yogshala.

In this age and era of professional stress and personal troubles, anxiety is the condition that afflicts a number of people. Anxiety is one of the most common psychological disorders affecting people of all ages and gender.

 Medications, counseling, and other forms of therapy have proven to be effective in treating anxiety. But going natural is highly recommended. Yoga science calms anxiety holistically. It equally addresses physical, mental, and emotional anxiety and produces effects that are long-lasting and healthy.  

The Asanas, Pranayama, and Meditation are the core components of yoga that when practiced reduces anxiety and promotes serenity on a deeper level. These three are natural yoga techniques that affect the body,mind, and soul to release the anxiety and stress.  

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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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Warning Signs: Are You Listening to What Your Body Is Telling You? | The Health Sessions

Warning Signs: Are You Listening to What Your Body Is Telling You?

Do you ever find yourself feeling impatient and irritated, snapping at people for no particular reason? You wake up tired most mornings, with a racing mind, tense shoulders and aching back. There’s no time to really pay attention to those feelings, because you have to juggle work, family, your health and other obligations.

Your body sends you messages about its internal conditions all the time. Sometimes it offers subtle clues about what it needs in the form of a yawn, food cravings or a gut feeling. Other times, your body signals distress through skin rash, chest pain or unintentional weight loss.

But in today’s fast-paced world, it’s much easier to tune out than it is to tune in. With the non-stop activity going on around us, we tend to focus outwardly and ignore what’s happening inside of us. But when you don’t listen to what your body’s whispering, the distress slowly builds, until your body start screaming for your attention.

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14 Encouraging Quotes to Keep Hope Alive in Dark Times | The Health Sessions

14 Encouraging Quotes to Keep Hope Alive in Dark Times

“Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.”

When life’s challenging and you’re tired of struggling, these famous words from The Hunger Games trilogy might be just what you need to pull you through.

Because hope can be powerful. Hope helps you to keep going when you feel like giving up. It pushes you past the pain and obstacles on your way. Hope is a magical combination of optimism, faith and the somewhat stubborn belief that somehow things will work out.

Some people believe it’s better not to have hope, because it will only lead to disappointment. But the dictionary doesn’t just describe hope as an expectation or desire for the future, but also as “a feeling of trust, a belief that something good may happen.” And that’s a significant nuance.

Having a fixed idea in mind about how things should go can crush your spirit, because life rarely goes as planned. But when you think of hope as a dream destination while staying open-minded about the road that leads you there, hope can fuel your determination to get one step closer in the right direction. You still have to put one foot in front of the other, and the journey might be very different than you’d pictured. But with a little luck, a hopeful heart can lead you to some pretty amazing places.

Have a look at these 14 hope quotes to keep your spark alive in dark times. 

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