14 Life Story Quotes to Help You Rock Your Next Chapter | The Health Sessions

14 Life Story Quotes to Rock Your Next Chapter

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“Life is like a story; it unfolds its beauty and tragedy along with your thoughts.” ― Debasish Mridha

You know how you can predict how your typical boy-meets-girl romcom will go and yet you’re still excited to see the movie? That’s because the human brain is hard-wired for stories.

Life rarely goes as planned, and our life story is how we all make sense of an unpredictable world and our place in it. We turn a complex, disjointed situation into a plot with a beginning, middle and an ending – including the occasional twist, cliffhanger, villains and heroes.

Life stories are not a chronological summary of events that occurred, but more a fluid narrative of how you interpret those life events. The messages our parents gave us growing up, the experiences we’ve had, the environment we live in –  they all shape the story we tell ourselves about life, the world around us and our own identity.

In turn, those beliefs shape our daily reality. For example, if deep down you feel that you aren’t good enough, you’ll probably react differently to a comment about your looks than your confident friend. Beliefs about your basic personality tend to create a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you consider yourself a shy person, you’re less likely to apply for that top position you secretly want. That’s why the life story you tell yourself matter much more than you think.

Narrative psychology tries to separate the person from their problems, by framing their story in a larger context. What’s more, the techniques help to create an alternative, more constructive storyline than the one you’re telling yourself right now.

Are you ready for the next chapter? Read how you can turn the page and watch a better story unfold with these 14 life story quotes. 

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16 Inner Strength Quotes That'll Unleash the Power Within You | The Health Sessions

16 Inner Strength Quotes to Unleash the Power Within You

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” – Bob Riley

Tough times can put you to the test. It’s during these moments that you need to dig deep down and tap into your inner strength to pull through.

Your inner strength is a source of endurance that helps you overcome whatever life throws at you. Even under the best circumstances, we’ve all had to find the courage to stand up for ourselves, try something scary and to keep going against the odds.

But when you’ve been struggling with chronic illness, relationship troubles or financial problems for a long long time, some days you may feel like there’s no strength left inside.

If that’s you, don’t loose heart. You can make yourself strong again, even it’s hard right now. 

Lay the foundation for inner strength by taking good care of yourself, physically and emotionally. It’s not easy to feel determined and fierce when you’re dehydrated, sleep deprived and surrounded by toxic friends.

Then, focus on the desired outcome instead of obstacles on your way. Having a goal and plan will motivate you and push your worries aside. And don’t forget the bigger picture. Take a step back from your current situation and think about your values, core beliefs and purpose. Let your ‘why’ fuel you.

Also look back on your previous experiences. How have you handled challenges in the past? What can you learn from that? Remind yourself of all the times that you made it through tough times. You could also create a coping box with comforting items, mementos or motivational quotes that lift your spirit when you’ve run out of inner strength.

Finally, cultivate an empowering mindset. The way you talk to yourself matters much more than you might think. So give your inner dialogue an upgrade with positive affirmations or these inner strength quotes, and unleash the power within you! 

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12 Body Acceptance Quotes to Feel Comfortable in Your Own Skin | The Health Sessions

12 Body Acceptance Quotes to Feel Comfortable in Your Own Skin

We all have days when we don’t feel happy with our body. Who hasn’t felt conscious about their appearance?

But body acceptance becomes a lot more challenging when it’s not cellulite or pimple you’re concerned about, but scars, serious skin conditions and deformities. Even though you have nothing to be ashamed about, its hard not to worry about what other people will think about your ostomy bag or your extreme swollen ‘Prednison face’.

Plus, how do you accept your own body when it doesn’t work properly? When it causes you pain and heartache every day?

There’s no easy answer, and the road to body acceptance will look different for everybody. But there are some common themes when it comes to loving the skin you’re in.

First of all, stop comparing yourself to others. You’ll never have their exact body. If reading fashion and health magazines or following certain people online gets you down, remove that negativity from your life. Diversify your social media feed; there are so many inspiring spoonies out there rocking their walking aids, insulin pumps and portable catheters!

What’s more, be mindful of your internal dialogue. You wouldn’t constantly put your best friend down with snarky comments, right? So why would you talk to yourself in such a way?

Finally, try to see yourself as a whole person instead of a body with certain physical features and (dis)abilities. You’re so much more than that! Take pride in your smile, your inner strength and the way you cook a mean lasagna.

Hopefully these 12 body acceptance quotes will inspire you to start feeling more comfortable in your own skin. 

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13 Transformative Quotes about Growth | The Health Sessions

13 Transformative Quotes about Change

Change can be a little scary. Even positive changes like moving to a new city, changing jobs or becoming a parent can make you feel uncomfortable, because it involves stepping out of your comfort zone without knowing how things will turn out.

When your life is suddenly turned upside down by illness or loss, it’s not just uncertainty and fear of the unknown that affect you.  You also grieve all the things you unexpectedly have to miss – your normal activities, the plans you’d made, someone you loved.

In the middle of such a crisis, the last thing you want – or need! – to hear is that adversity can also be an opportunity for growth. But there is some truth in those words. Change, good or bad, is not only an ending, but also a new beginning. Life-altering events like becoming chronically ill cause immense suffering. Nobody wishes for that kind of ‘opportunity’, but sometimes, your struggle can also bring you unforeseen positive things. Maybe you’ll become (even) more resilient and compassionate. Or perhaps your relationships grow stronger and you discover what truly matters to you. There’s even a psychological term for the inner strength and newfound appreciation for life people experience after enduring hardship: post-traumatic growth.

So when you’re ready, how can you look for the new possibilities hidden within the adversity? Get inspired by these 13 transformative quotes about change. 

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12 Flourishing Quotes to Help You Bloom Where You Are Planted | The Health Sessions

12 Flourishing Quotes to Help You Bloom Where You Are Planted

“There’s something infinitely healing in the related refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson

Springtime reminds us, that even after the coldest, darkest winter, tiny seeds can grow into the most beautiful flowers. And just like the cherry blossom and budding plants, this is your season to bloom.

It probably won’t feel that way when you’re struggling with chronic illness, financial problems or troubled relationships. But like a dandelion that grows through the cracks in concrete or the lotus flower deeply rooted in the mud, you can flourish in the face of adversity. It surely won’t be easy, but you can still cultivate positive emotions, find new meaning or start over.

Take a look at 12 flourishing quotes to help you bloom where you are planted. 

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