Everyone’s going through something

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop

Sometimes we forget that everyone’s going through something.

So this month’s Health Storylines challenge is to do a small act of kindness.

The best form of kindness starts with being kind to yourself but if you want to broaden that approach there’s a kindness movement you can tap into. It was launched way back in 1995.

RAK unites people around the world through kindness, capping off the week with “Random Acts of Kindness Day” on February 17.

That’s all and good if you’ve enough energy to go around but sometimes you just need to bring it back to the power of one, you.

It’s important to offer yourself kindness. Like love, if you’re kind to yourself, you’ll be kind to others. It becomes automatic.

Therefore over the next seven days do a small act of kindness every day. After a week you’ll find being kind to yourself becomes that little bit easier. To really cement this habit, do it for six weeks.

Health Storylines is a helpful tool to guide you. By using MyJournal you can track good deeds by selecting one of five topics, but the one that fits best is under accomplishments (where you can list any random act of kindness).

Random acts don’t need to be big. It can be things like sharing expensive magazines among extended family members to smiling or saying hello to a stranger in the street.

In MyJournal just tick Box three to enter actions in the Entry panel. It’s a way to affirm and track those moments when you’ve been kind to yourself, or someone else. Next share it with friends or family that can view your story, or just add it to your journal. It’s always there in the history for you to recall. And you can also personalise your Health Storylines according to your condition, to receive additional Tools to better track your health.

Whether you have a chronic illness or not being kind to yourself, and others, releases powerful feel-good endorphins. The act helps you to live more in the present. It also allows you to accept what you can, and can’t, control.

If you need further help to be kind to yourself, try this mindfulness mediation. Previous RoamingRave posts on Mindfulness explain how it takes time and effort for positive thoughts to override the negative. But it’s worth pursuing.

Being kind to yourself when living with a chronic condition is huge part of bearing it. Therefore it’s important others know about your illness so they understand what’s going on. It’s also important to track symptoms. It can help those who may share the same symptoms or experience.

Health Storylines is always seeking people to tell their story. For NETs patients that’s shared under Zebra Tales. But anyone living with a chronic condition (a long-term health condition that may not have a cure) such as Arthritis, Asthma, Crohn’s disease and COPD. If you’d like to share your story, email support@healthstorylines.com.

OK, are you ready to join me in living in the moment with each random act of kindness? You are? Great, just click on this link to get started. 

The author has used Health Storylines since being diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumours in 2016. After more than a year documenting her health via the app, she has become a Self-Care Ambassador as part of a pilot to encourage others to track their health. Her story also appears on the app under Zebra Tales

Still waters run deep

Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to rehydrate.  — EveryDay Health

If you’re not convinced about the health gains from drinking water, here’s some more compelling reasons to increase your intake.

Did you know it can help improve mood and energy levels? In recent studies, dehydration has been associated with increased, anger, and confusion as well as mood problems. It all comes down to the fact we need to be well hydrated for our cells to work properly.

WebMD Consumer Network’s OnHealth explains that drinking water also helps maintain a healthy heart rate and blood pressure. It says we need adequate fluid to produce lymph, an important bodily fluid and component of the immune system.

In 2017, Medical News Today suggested having a few glasses of warm or hot water each day might offer even more benefits. It said tea may reduce the risk of strokeheart disease, type 2 diabetes, and liver disease.

In February this year, it reported most of us are still not consuming enough fluids each day, even though we know keeping hydrated is crucial for our health and well-being.

So how can we fix that? Why don’t you join me in monitoring how much water you drink via the Health Storylines challenge to Drink 8 cups of water a day for 5 days.

It’s easy to do. Just use the app to take a five-day snapshot of how much water you consume. Don’t try to drink more, just track your daily water intake to find out your normal.

Click on this link to get started. If you haven’t already, add the Health Routine Builder tool under the Organisation and Reminders category.

In no time, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of the effects it has on your insides.

Return here tomorrow to find out more about the wonders of water!

Judy Wilkinson has used the Health Storylines app since being diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumours of the small intestine in 2016. After more than a year documenting her health via the app, she has become a Self-Care Ambassador as part of a pilot to encourage others to track their health.