How to Make the Most of Rest Days | The Health Sessions

47 Ways You Can Make the Most of Rest Days

Resting sounds so balanced and zen – until it’s something you have to do. When you live with chronic illness, the key to managing your precious energy is alternating activities with plenty of relaxation. Not to mention that thanks to the unpredictability of chronic illness, symptoms can flare up at any time, forcing you to stop and take a break.

At first, binge-watching your favorite series all day long feels fun. But when you’re stuck in bed a lot of the time, while you’d rather be doing something else, resting becomes dreadful, mind-numbingly boring and lonely.

So when you’re having another undesired rest day, is there anything you can do to make the most of your situation? In general, there are 3 strategies you can apply:

  1. Focus on deep restoration and replenishing. By doing simple things that support your health, you may reduce your symptoms – or even the number of future rest days.
  2. Have a better time. Who doesn’t want to feel more comforted and entertained when you’re sick?
  3. Living your best life while being housebound. Of course this is not what you signed up for. But your illness doesn’t have to stop you from doing tiny things that are meaningful to you.

Obviously, what works for you depends a lot on your personal situation. Do you need to rest after doing something fun, or because you’re exhausted from folding laundry? Are you feeling really sick too? Do you live alone or do you have partners, kids or pets that require your attention?

Not all tips will work for everyone, but here’s a list of 47 ideas of how you can make the most of rest days. 

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15 Kick-Ass Quotes to Inspire You to Reach Your Dreams | The Health Sessions

15 Kick-Ass Quotes to Inspire You to Reach Your Dreams

Do you secretly fantasize about all the amazing things you’d love to achieve one day?

The beginning of a new year feels like a blank page, waiting to be filled with wonderful adventures. Dreaming about the perfect job, a fantasy wedding or the trip of a lifetime may feel like a luxury, or something that only kids do. But having a vision about your ideal life has more power than you’d think. Dreams drive you and give you purpose. They give you the motivation you need to build healthy habits and overcome obstacles in your way. Dreams can also make you see the world from a new point of view, because what you focus on, grows.

Although countless of experts emphasize the importance of goal setting to actually achieve your dreams – and rightfully so – you shouldn’t underestimate the magic of dreaming itself. Because like John Lennon famously said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Sometimes, having a fixed goal and tight strategy in mind can make you feel like a failure when things don’t go as planned. When you’re chronically ill, for example, it might be easier on the heart to be flexible about how and when you reach a (modified) version of your dreams.

No matter which hopes, desires and ambition you wish to fulfill, let these 15 kick-ass quotes inspire you to go after your dreams.

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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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Top 5 Ingredients You Can Juice Or Blend That Combat Depression | The Health Sessions

Top 5 Ingredients You Can Juice Or Blend That Combat Depression

This article was written by Nicholas Charles at Sprint Kitchen.

Life is full of ebbs and flows. The good, the bad and the ugly. For those of us who face depression from time to time, we do have the power to change how we feel. One study found that people with moderate to severe depression improved their symptoms just by switching to whole foods and eliminating junk from their diets. So changing your diet can be a great way to lift your spirits and boost your overall well being.

Today, I’ll show you 5 fruit and vegetable ingredients you can turn into juices or smoothies that’ll help you kick those blues to the curb. All you need is a juicer or a blender.

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Life in the Slow Lane: 21 Ideas to Embrace Slow Living | The Health Sessions

Life in the Slow Lane: 21 Ideas to Embrace Slow Living

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

Those endless Summer days are a perfect invitation to adopt a Mediterranean pace of slow living, with time for siestas and home-cooked family meals al fresco. With the sun on your face and great company, what more could you need?

In our fast-pace world, taking time to slow down, savor the moment and enjoy simple pleasures has become a luxury. The notions of “you only live once” and “living your best life” has given many of us a sense of urgency. Every moment has to be seized and used productively. Combined with technology that tempts us to be ‘on’ and connected at all times, there’s little room left for slow living. Time even wrote a notorious piece about the Dutch concept of ‘niksen’ – which literally means doing nothing – as if sitting still and staring our of the window is something revolutionary.

But when you’re living with chronic illness, you’re probably used to life in the slow lane. Having little energy, reduced mobility and requiring lots of rest usually means taking things slow. Because slow living due to health problems isn’t a choice, you might feel sad, angry, frustrated and some real FOMO.

But going faster isn’t always better. Slow living has some serious benefits for your health and happiness. Here’s why you should embrace a slow lifestyle – and how to do it. 

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