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WellBeing Wild

WellBeing Wild

Issue 4

Wild is a feeling; a state of being. It’s that swell of energy that strikes you like a hot spark spat from a blazing flame. It’s when a surge of inspiration pushes everything else aside, causing you to stop, pause and contemplate. It’s with you in that moment of stillness as you breathe in the landscape of a new wilderness or cityscape. It’s the reason your backpack is full, ready for an adventure whenever the possibility arises. It’s the blisters on your feet after a hike through the mountains and the salt sticking to your eyelashes after an ocean swim. We will be with you as you wrestle with university degrees, careers, money worries, babies and anything else life throws at you. We will remind you to nurture your wild. To find it, taste it, touch it and embrace it. We’re here to guide you back to the wild light raging within you — and we won’t leave your side.

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3 min.
a wild welcome

Wild ones. Before we get into issue four and celebrate our one-year-old birthday with a good ol’ iso shindig, we’d like to pay our respects to our Country and its people. WILD is created on Bundjalung Country in Byron Bay and printed on Gadigal Country in Sydney. Now, in your hands, WILD has found a new home, perhaps on Country very far from its conception, production and print. Wherever WILD lands, we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the sacred waters and lands on which we live, work, learn, rest and play. We ask that you help look after and respect Country. We also extend our respect to Elders both past, present and emerging. It’s our first birthday … can you believe it?! Issue four is in your hot little hands. I’m…

3 min.
love letters from issue three

Well, wasn’t issue three a stunning cover to style and shoot? We received so many beautiful images and kind words about this issue — thank you all so much. Here are a few of our favourite shots, including one from our issue three cover artist, the wildly talented Bec Flattley. You can see more of her work at @becflattleyart on Instagram. Family love JOMO! I never knew there was such a thing! I made the decision to disconnect from all social media at the beginning of COVID-19 and I am loving the peace of it. More time and love and joy and calm. I have blissfully freed my WILD heart again. PS: Your artwork and articles are enough to stir the wilderness within. Your magazine has become part of this family’s connection;…

1 min.
wild welcome

Have you heard of the Japanese word ikigai? Although there’s no direct English translation, ikigai is a term that embodies the idea of happiness in living. Take a moment to think about your ikigai — the reason why you get up in the morning. Is it to learn something new, to build a business, to create something meaningful, to feel love from your partner, to kiss your kids, to paint or draw or play with clay, to walk your dog on the beach, to help others to heal or to make people laugh? Your ikigai may manifest in many ways, but simply just knowing your ikigai isn’t enough; you need an outlet for your ikigai. True ikigai happens when there’s purpose in action. A 2001 research paper on ikigai, co-authored by Akihiro…

6 min.
immunity for infinity and beyond

Your body, including your gut, skin and other mucosal environments, is colonised by a significant number of microbes. Collectively, they are referred to as your microbiota. Bacteria dominate your gut, yet archaea, fungi, viruses and parasites also exist in smaller numbers. Your gut microbes deliver multiple functions that your body cannot live without, including production of nutrients, detoxication, regulation of your immune system, and protection against pathogens. Due to advances in technology, it is well understood that your gut microbiota plays a fundamental role in the induction, education and function of your immune system. What is your immune system? Your immune system refers to a collection of cells, chemicals and processes that function to protect your skin, intestinal tract, respiratory passages and other areas from foreign antigens including pathogenic microbes, cancer, toxins and…

5 min.
are you sti-free?

Hands intertwined, hearts racing, lips locked — you’re keen to get on with it as much as your new partner. Suddenly your nagging brain kicks in. Red flag. We haven’t talked about sexually transmitted infections (STIs)! Are they STI-free? Asking someone if they’ve been tested after their last sexual encounter is crucial. Here’s how to politely ask your next lover, while avoiding confrontation. Why is it a good idea to get tested before having sex? “Getting tested is a normal part of checking up on your health and making sure you’re giving yourself the best care,” says Dr Sarah Ashton, a psychologist, researcher and founder of SHIPS, a Victorian-based psychology practice specialising in sexual health and intimacy. As a good rule of thumb, Dr Ashton says you should get a test before you…

5 min.
non-hormonal contraception methods

Knowledge is power and being informed about all the contraceptive options available can help you decide which is best for your health. Why choose non-hormonal contraception? You want to keep your own wonderful endogenous hormones flowing through your body so they can go about their job making you feel, function and look your best. You want to understand and know your body on the deepest level, which means not “switching off” your own hormones. You want to work with your cyclical nature as a woman. You want to ensure you are optimising your fertility as best as possible. Remember that fertility is much more than having a baby; it’s about feeling your best, most balanced self. You want to avoid the lengthy list of side effects that can arise with taking hormonal contraception. You are taking medications…