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WellBeing Issue 192

WellBeing is the World’s leading journal of natural health and living.  A refreshingly intelligent reading experience, WellBeing offers inspiration for a way of life that is authentic and soulful.  Reportage reviews the latest developments (or revived ancient practices) in natural living, and in-depth articles both challenge and inspire pragmatic action in the real-world balance of work, life, family and community.  WellBeing reaches an increasingly sophisticated audience of citizens of the global village.  Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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in this issue

1 min

Two centuries ago, romanticism was filling the minds of people everywhere. Nowadays, however, it seems like romanticism is something we don’t have time for. Why should we be romanticising anything when there are protests to go to and people to fight for? Romanticism isn’t about looking at the world through rose-tinted glasses; the original romantics saw the world as beautiful and bright yet never shied away from its darkness, never hid from negative emotions. Instead, romantics embraced moments of solitude, even if they were consumed with loneliness. Romantics had a preoccupation with aesthetic beauty, but not the idea of beauty we’ve come to expect. Romantics appreciated natural beauty: the curves of the body, the softness of skin folds and “imperfections”. When we think of romanticism, we think of people hiding…

3 min
from the editor-in-chief

You know the trouble with the world today? It’s apricots. I’m telling you, our world would be a lot happier if there were no apricots. Fruits with a hard thing at the centre are a problem. If you think about it for a moment, you will agree, apricots are bad news. Just for a minute there, even though I provided no evidence, and my assertion is blatantly absurd, did you find yourself thinking, even momentarily, “Yeah, he’s right! Those damn apricots!”? You can relax, I am not about to start the AAM (Anti-Apricot Movement) and I really don’t have anything against stone fruit, but I do want to raise the notion of the power of assertion and the associated power of repetition. Donald Trump used both, and presumably will continue to use…

5 min
from the editor

Did something resonate with you in this issue of WellBeing? Tell us! Write to WellBeing, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde, NSW 1670, email wbletters@umco.com.au, comment on our Facebook or Instagram page: @WellBeing_ Magazine. We reserve the right to edit all letters. I’ve spent the last 10 days on my “babymoon” — a final holiday before my husband Henry and I drastically change our lives and introduce a mini human into the world. Our time away has been spacious, relaxing and filled with freedom. It’s hard to fathom that this life I live now, with its ease and familiarity, is going to change … but I’m told by every parent that it will. I’m preparing as best I can for the physical changes — sleepless nights, a changed body, sore nipples and (hopefully)…

2 min
it’s in the doing

I wish I could say it was my idea, but my five-year-old daughter started volunteering making peanut butter sandwiches for our local homeless population. She knows that many people are struggling right now, and it’s been really inspiring to see her come up with the idea and then make it happen. @ashleygish_np In 2020, I cooked an extra meal for anyone every day for three months during COVID isolation and lockdown. I placed a sign in front of my home to let my neighbourhood know that there was an extra plate of food if anyone needed it. It was my way of transferring love and healing energy from me to whoever was going to consume the meal. @princessrlakshman We opened up our gallery to be used as a donation drop-off centre for RFS supplies…

3 min
recent medical findings for a healthier body

Why tea lowers blood pressure New research shows that the effect of tea on your blood pressure goes deeper than relaxation. Researchers have found that catechins in green tea and black tea activate a specific type of ion channel protein called KCNQ5. The effect is to allow potassium ions to flow out of cells, thus reducing cell excitability. Since KCNQ5 is found in the lining of blood vessels, when it is activated the blood vessels relax, causing a lowering of blood pressure. One interesting finding was that when black tea with milk was applied directly to cells, the KCNQ5 channel as not activated. However, despair not ye milky tea drinkers; the researchers point out that in your stomach the catechins found in tea are separated from proteins in milk that might…

3 min
interesting slices of life

Rituals relieve loneliness In the wake of COVID-19 the experience of a sense of loneliness is becoming more widespread. Researchers have noted that people who experience chronic loneliness often feel that their lives lack meaning. However, we also know that rituals create meaning. While ritual commonly occurs in cultural or religious settings to reinforce shared values, it can also be personal and idiosyncratic. For the new research, subjects were surveyed to establish their levels of loneliness. They were then asked either to perform some of their daily tasks in a ritualised way, or just to continue their tasks as normal. Ritualising daily tasks involved dunking your tea bag in a particular way or opening a biscuit to lick the cream before eating the biscuit. People who performed these rituals felt less…