13 Loneliness Quotes That'll Make You Feel Less Alone | The Health Sessions

13 Loneliness Quotes That’ll Make You Feel Less Alone

It’s one of the saddest feelings in the world: loneliness. Like Freddy Mercury sang: “Sometimes I feel I’m gonna break down and cry. Nowhere to go, nothing to do with my time. I get lonely, so lonely, living on my own.”

Although being by yourself can make you feel lonely, loneliness isn’t the same as having no people around you. Sometimes it can be great to have time to yourself, while other times you may feel lost in a sea of people. That’s because are different kinds of loneliness:

  • Social isolation, when you’re physically alone and don’t have any company. This kind of loneliness is common in the elderly, people who are housebound or when someone’s just moved to a new city where you don’t know anyone.
  • Emotional loneliness is the feeling like no-one understand you or what you’re going through. You feel different than everyone else due to your chronic illness, sexual orientation or world views. What’s more, it may feel like you have no one to talk to, because none of your friends and family truly listen or support you.
  • A lack of belonging – the sense that you have no close relationships or aren’t part of any groups. Maybe you feel left out or even purposely excluded. Social media can also reinforce the idea that everyone is having a great time together – except you.

To make matters even worse, feeling lonely has a negative effect on your physical health too. Studies show that loneliness puts you at a higher risk of becoming ill and even a shorter lifespan.

But loneliness isn’t all bad. Although the feeling definitely hurts, and you shouldn’t be lonely every day, occasional loneliness also has its upsides. Being lone gives you time to think, reflect and remind yourself what’s most important to you. It can stir your creative side – who hasn’t heard of a lonely, tormented artist who created their masterpiece during their darkest times?

Have a look at these 13 loneliness quotes below to make you feel less alone.

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Rallying the Troops: How to Mobilize Your Support System | The Health Sessions

Rallying the Troops: How to Mobilize Your Support System

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan

It’s an essential element of physical and mental health: having a strong support system.

Research shows that being able to turn to family and friends in times of need is linked to better health and even a longer life. Having a supportive network also helps to protect you against developing mood disorders and post traumatic stress. That’s partly because social support helps people cope better with stress.

When you become sick, you really need all the support you can get. You probably feel overwhelmed by the painful sensations and rollercoaster of emotions. Not too mention that you may not be able to perform everyday tasks like cleaning your home or even getting dressed anymore.

But asking for help – and accepting it gracefully – is not always easy. Maybe you feel embarrassed to admit you need help. Or perhaps you’re scared of letting go of control over your life. Even if you do reach out for support, there’s the whole logistics of organizing practical support when you have to rely on helping hands a lot.

So when it comes to asking for help – and getting it – how can you make things as easy as possible? Take a look at 6 steps to mobilize your support system when you need help.

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It All Starts With You: 11 Radical Self Love Quotes | The Health Sessions

It All Starts With You: 11 Radical Self Love Quotes

When you think about it, the only constant in your life is you. And yet, many of us struggle to accept – let alone love – ourselves for who we truly are, flaws and quirks included.

Too often, we compare ourselves to others, feeling that we don’t measure up. What the critical voices in our head tend to forget, is that we’re only seeing the highlight reel of other people, while our own journeys are filled with ups and downs. So we beat ourselves up over the mistakes we make. Even when we do succeed, we feel like it’s more a matter of luck than the result of our talents, skills and hard work.

Self love can be especially hard to practice when you have a chronic illness. Because how do you love the parts of your body that hurt, let you down and prevent you from living a ‘normal’ life?

And still, self love has a big impact on your quality of life. Self love helps you to set healthy boundaries, allow supportive people in your life only and practice self-care. When you respect your own wants and needs, you’re more likely to make decisions that nourish instead of deplete you. That’s why Gala Darling states that loving yourself is a revolutionary act.

Take a look at these 11 self love quotes to help you realize it all starts with you

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How to Get Your Partner Involved in a Healthy Lifestyle Change | The Health Sessions

How to Get Your Partner Involved in a Healthy Lifestyle Change 

This article is written by a guest author. 

When you’re in a relationship, it’s normal to want what’s best for your partner. The more time you spend with one another, the more invested you become in their well-being and happiness.

If your partner has an unhealthy habit, it’s perfectly normal to want to change it. Though your intentions may be good, it can be tricky to try to help your partner without coming off as patronizing or abrasive. The last thing you should do is make your partner feel upset or ashamed.

Check out this step-by-step guide on how to get your partner involved in a healthy lifestyle change.

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13 Energy-Saving Back-to-School Tips for Chronically Ill Parents | The Health Sessions

Back-to-School: 13 Energy-Saving Tips for Chronically Ill Parents

It’s back-to-school season in many parts of the world. An exciting period for most kids, getting used to new a new classroom and teacher. But after six weeks (or more) of taking things slow, most families do need to get back into a routine again.

Of course no one likes to hear the alarm clock go off, but parents with chronic illness may really struggle to get back into a rhythm that’s not in tune with their body’s capabilities. Having school-aged kids brings all kinds of responsibilities, from helping with homework to enabling extracurricular activities and play dates. No matter how much you love your kids, these commitments are not always easy to handle when you’re sick and in pain every day.

What helps you cope depends a lot on your health situation, your family and where you live. School systems and the way we raise our kids vary a lot around the world. But here are some general energy-saving back-to-school tips for chronically ill parents. 

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