How You Can Make Your Menstrual Cycle Work For You (Instead of Against You) | The Health Sessions

Go with the Flow: How to Make Your Menstrual Cycle Work For You

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Do you feel bloated, tired or irritated right before or during your period?

PMS is one of the most noticeable examples of how hormonal changes impact your body and mind. But hormones affect your health, mood and behaviour in countless more ways – in women and men. These small but mighty chemical messengers, excreted by the glands in your body, influence many physiological processes, from your appetite and sexual desire to hormonal anxiety.

Your hormone levels naturally rise and fall throughout the day. Cortisol, for example, peaks in the early morning hours to wake you up, whereas melatonin gets secreted when darkness falls. But in the female body, the reproductive hormones also fluctuate over a monthly cycle of roughly 28 days, changing how you feel from week to week. That means that, unlike men, female bodies don’t function in a steady, predictable manner day in day out.

In Period Power, women’s health expert Maisie Hill advocates that we should acknowledge these monthly fluctuations, without feeling like we’re moody, unreliable creatures for doing so. Your energy levels, mental focus, mood, libido and food cravings vary throughout your menstrual cycle, due to hormonal shifts. And that’s not only normal, according to Period Power you could even take advantage of your hormonal powers.

If that’s the case, how can you get your menstrual cycle to work for you instead of against you? 

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How to Fully Engage Your Senses to Promote Healing | The Health Sessions

23 Ways You Can Engage Your Five Senses for Healing

All day long, your five senses pick up sounds and smells, feel the sun on your skin and distinguish beautiful colors around you. You’re probably not even aware of this, until bright lights or loud music make you want to cover your eyes or ears.

When you’re living with chronic illness, chances are, you’re no stranger to sensory overload. In that case, your brain receives more input from your senses than it can process and organize, leaving you feeling overwhelmed, tired and brain fogged. But did you know that you can also ‘hack’ your senses to drastically improve your overall wellbeing?

Take a look at why engaging your five senses – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch – supports your health and happiness.

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How Parties Can Be Incorporated into Your Healthy Living Goals | The Health Sessions

How Parties Can Be Incorporated into Your Healthy Living Goals

This article is written by Frankie Wallace. 

The pandemic has kept the entire world apart for over a year now. Social distancing guidelines, quarantines and canceled events have left everyone starving for social interactions.

Why the desperate need to see and interact with others? Because humans are social creatures — especially when it comes to bonding as a group over some delectable food. It’s a fact that anyone living with a chronic illness already knew far before a pandemic tore the world apart.

Now that restrictions are starting to lift and group events are coming back into focus, it’s leaving many with the age-old question: how can you attend a party — especially one laden with deliciously tempting junk food — while still sticking to your healthy living goals? Here are a few tips to help you find an answer uniquely suited to your own situation as you begin to venture out and attend events once again.

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5 Vital Ways to Maintain a Healthy Blood Pressure | The Health Sessions

5 Vital Ways to Maintain a Healthy Blood Pressure

This article is written by Nicola Hopkins. 

Understanding your blood pressure (BP), its effects on your body and the tools you can use to control it can have a substantial impact on your life. It is widely known that high blood pressure (hypertension) is a health issue, but so is a low BP (hypotension). For those with endocrine disease or postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS), it is a variation in blood pressure that can cause problems such as dizziness and fainting.

Here we offer a basic introduction to blood pressure and the steps you can take to maintain your health.

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