How to Overcome Summertime Loneliness | The Health Sessions

How to Overcome Summertime Loneliness

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.”  – Mother Theresa

When you think of loneliness, a bright and sunny day is probably not the first scenario that comes to mind. Long, dark winter nights seem to represent those hollow feelings inside so much better.

And yet, summer time can be a lonely season for anyone who’s not able to fully participate in the festivities during these months, like the chronically ill. Family and friends are away on vacation and caregiving facilities can be closed down for summer or short on staff. This makes getting out and about and socializing even more challenging than usual if you have limited mobility.

And it’s not just about literally being alone and not having someone to talk to and hang out with. Loneliness also refers to feeling alone, like nobody understands what you’re going through. Like Carl Jung said, “loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you“. When you have a chronic or invisible illness, being lonely is often a combination of the two, a cruel mix of social isolation and not feeling heard. Because for the people in your life it can be hard to understand why you may not be able to do seemingly relaxing things like spending a day at the beach.

And during summer, the gorgeous weather and ecstatic Facebook updates about festivals, BBQ’s and exotic holiday destinations only seem to rub your nose in the fact that you’re stuck at home, not being able to join in on the fun.

So how can you deal with loneliness? 

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Spring Clean Your Life: 11 Ideas to Freshen Up Your Mind, Body and Routines

Spring Clean Your Life: 11 Ideas to Freshen Up Your Mind, Body and Routines

 

Spring is my favourite time of year. The blossoming trees, birds chirping, feeling the sun on your face… Doesn’t that instantly put you in a better mood?

With nature reawakening from being dormant all winter, there’s a sense of hopefulness in the air, this lighthearted energy of change and new beginnings. That makes spring the perfect season not just for cleaning out your closets, but for clearing up your mind, re-energizing your body and freshening up your routines.

So have a look at these 11 ideas to spring clean your life!

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My Year of Bliss: How I Fulfilled My Dreams Without Setting Goals

My Year of Bliss: How to Fulfill Your Dreams Without Goals

 

How do you want your new year to feel?

Last year, inspired by this classic post from Danielle LaPorte on sensuous goal refinement, I decided to ditch the traditional New Year’s Resolutions and choose a ‘theme’ for 2014 instead: Bliss. 

After years of pressing on to reach personal milestones like getting a Psychology degree, setting up this website and improving my health one step at a time, I wanted more space to enjoy everyday simple pleasures: having lunch outside on a gorgeous day, browsing bookshops, taking up yoga, catching up with friends. No more delaying fun plans to achieve grand goals in the future – 2014 would be about celebrating love and life in its purest form.

And that’s just what happened.

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14 Ideas for a Comforting Care Package for a Sick Loved One | The Health Sessions

14 Ideas for a Comforting Care Package for a Sick Loved One (+ A Giveaway!)

There’s nothing more uplifting than knowing someone is thinking of you when you’re terribly ill. All you want is a little comforting while you’re dealing with the physical pain and emotional turmoil of sickness.

That’s why sending a get-well care package to a sick loved one is a wonderful way to show you care and to wish them a speedy recovery.

And yet you might be stumped for inspiration on what to put in your gift basket. Of course that depends on your friend’s illness, circumstances and preferences in life, but packing both practical items to deal with the daily discomforts and entertaining goodies that offer an escape from the mind-numbing boredom will definitely brighten their day!

Have a look at these 14 ideas for creating a comforting care package for sick loved ones:

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A Love Letter to the Supporters of Chronically Ill Warriors Everywhere

Love Letter  

It’s a sad fact that in times of need you find out who your true friends are. Not everyone has the courage, strength and emotional intelligence to deal with difficult situations. Others want to help out, but they simply don’t know what to say or do.

The irony is that you don’t need grand gestures or eloquent speeches to show your love and compassion – they’re found in the tiny, wordless gestures of support and understanding.

When you’re diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness, the dynamics of your relationships inevitably change. Sometimes the person you want to turn to the most, suddenly stops calling you or slowly vanishes from your life when you’re no longer able to do fun things together. But other people might surprise you: the colleague who keeps checking in how you’re doing, the neighbour who offers to do your grocery shopping or drive you to the hospital.

Many articles have been written about the misconceptions and insensitive comments that sick people have to deal with. Although it’s important to address the constant frustrations and loneliness of chronically ill patients, today I want to celebrate all the lovely individuals who do get it – who understand what you’re going through, who stick around through it all, who never let you down. This is a gratitude note to the support squads of “spoonies” everywhere – and my friends and family in particular. 

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