27 Subtle Ways to Optimize Your Home for Healing | The Health Sessions

27 Subtle Ways to Optimize Your Home for Healing

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You know how you’re trying to cut down on sugar but suddenly find yourself reaching for the cookie jar on the coffee table? That’s because your living environment plays a bigger role in the choices you make every day than you probably realize.

If you live in a neighborhood with side walks, bike lanes and greenery, for example, you’re more likely to be physically active than people who don’t have easy access to these recreational facilities. And it’s no coincidence that supermarkets place big brands at grab-level and impulse buys at the counter – that’s all to seduce you to buy more.

It’s not just your ZIP code that affects your behaviour, mood, stress levels and overall health, but your home environment too. When you have a bowl of candy on your desk, chances are you’ll mindlessly eat much more than you’d planned. Thankfully the reverse is also true: putting a fruit bowl in the kitchen encourages you to get your vitamins in. That’s exactly why James Clear, best-selling author of Atomic Habits, advocates to design your environment to work for you, not against you.

By making a few changes at home, you can make it easier to create and stick to healthy habits, and break bad ones. Think of environment design like a subtle nudge in the right direction. Especially if chronic illness forces you to spend a lot of time at home, you might want to make some easy changes to your interior so you can effortlessly make better choices.

Here are 27 subtle ways you can optimize your surroundings to best support your health and happiness.

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How Foam Rolling Can Help with Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

How Foam Rolling Can Help with Chronic Illness

This article is written by Aimee Harrington. 

You might have often seen a foam roller used by athletes to help ease muscle soreness after exercise. However, a foam roller uses a technique called self-myofascial release, which treats muscle pain and immobility through applied pressure to the ‘fascia’. The fascia is the tissue that connects everything in our body. When pressure is applied in this way, it can help to increase blood flow to the muscle, which in turn eases soreness and inflammation, as well as improving flexibility and mobility.

Little do people know, but foam rollers can also be extremely beneficial in helping ease a number of chronic illnesses linked to muscle problems. However, at The Health Sessions, we always recommend getting the go-ahead by your doctor before use!

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The Secret Tool for Healthy Eating with Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

The Secret Tool for Healthy Eating with Chronic Illness

You’ve heard it countless of times before: healthy eating can support your health and bring you one step closer to your own definition of recovery. But the irony is: right when you need it the most, is when it’s hardest to eat a nourishing and balanced diet.

Because when you’re exhausted, in pain or simply too faint to stand behind the stove, it’s challenging if not impossible to cook a healthy dinner every night. And that doesn’t even include making breakfast and lunch, doing grocery shopping with limited mobility and remembering all the ingredients you need to buy in the first place with brain fog.

But there’s one things that’s helped to stick to a pretty healthy eating pattern throughout my good and bad years: meal planning.

I know, to some people, meal planning sounds like a lot of work, too structured for their lifestyle and most of all, boring. How do you know what you’ll be in the mood for eating tomorrow night?

Feel that way? Hear me out why meal planing is such a helpful tool when you’re living with chronic illness and how you can effortlessly put a healthy dinner on the table every day too.

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12 No-Cook Recipes to Make Without Turning On Your Stove | The Health Sessions

12 No-Cook Recipes to Make Without Turning On the Stove

On warm summer days, the last thing you feel like is turning on the stove or the oven to cook an elaborate dinner. Even firing up the grill outside can be too hot to consider. That’s when no-cook recipes come to your rescue.

Ok, not everything in no-cook recipes has to be raw. Using the microwave to make rice, popping pita bread in the toaster or pouring boiled water over a bowl of couscous requires little heat or energy. And it’s still quick and easy too!

What’s more, not only are these light and refreshing dishes perfect for summer evenings, no-cook recipes work all year round when you struggle to spend much time in the kitchen because of your health.

So get that summery feel without the flames with these 12 fresh no-cook recipes! 

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How to Maintain a Sense of Independence When You're Sick | The Health Sessions

How to Maintain a Sense of Independence When You’re Sick

No man is an island. As much as we’d all like to believe we’re independent creatures, everybody depends on others for things like food, shelter, transportation and medical care.

But when you have to rely on others for your most basic self-care, from getting dressed to making a sandwich, ‘dependency’ gets a whole new meaning. Without help, everyday things suddenly become a major obstacle.

A study from the UK shows that many people with chronic illness are very concerned about becoming a burden. So much so, that some sick people will go to “supernormal lengths” to keep doing their part, even when that takes a physical toll on them. Being dependent can also make people feel useless, guilty and shameful. And this uselessness only intensifies the loss of self so many ill people struggle with.

But when you’re chronically ill and are limited in what you can do, how can you maintain a sense of independence despite your real reliance? There’s no simple answer, but here are some ideas.

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