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WellBeing Wild

Issue 8

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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Universal Wellbeing PTY Limited
Frequency:
Quarterly
$4.03
$8.27
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
a wild welcome

WILD ones. Raise your hand if you’re completely burned out. Fried. Numb. Hit a wall. You’re not alone. Living through a pandemic takes an immense toll on mental health. Burnout was already on the rise pre-pandemic, but add to the mix reduced support and the absence of security and it can feel untenable. At the time of writing, large parts of the country are stuck at home, depressingly lacking almost all social contact. Sitting in the same room, at the same kitchen table, staring at the same computer, day in day out has left many of us maxed out and run down. I, for one, feel like a dim-witted variation of my once-productive, formerly-inspired self. My creativity has all but dried up and I have long passed my wit’s end. I know…

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1 min
what’s making my mind wild

Books In a bid to stave off the lockdown blues, I have been on something of a reading frenzy for the past month. Some of my favourites so far have been Miranda Cowley Heller’s The Paper Palace (which I review in our Counter Culture section on page 136), Meg Mason’s lovely, Sydney-based novel You Be Mother and the dazzling documentary-style Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Art I was thrilled to interview Rachel Castle about her homewares brand CASTLE. Her joy-filled artworks are exactly what we need to feel uplifted right now.…

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1 min
we asked you…

Living a life that empowers me, whilst being generous and kind to others too. @charlotterodgrs Feeling content from within. Knowing yourself and what you’re meant to be doing in life. @abbeywinchester Spending as much quality time as possible with the people who mean the most to me. @anneka.rosie Purpose. Growth. Passion. Sleeping with a peaceful conscience. @noa_shewrote Living and working according to your values. @slegriaalano Being able to live free of judging myself or bound by others’ judgements. @gracelaidlaw_…

1 min
welcome

Welcome to the new normal, WILD ones. Take a breath — inhale slow and deep, then exhale it all out. Feel the tension unwind from your bones and release in your mind. Let the breeze carry away the slumber of the past 18 months and consider where you will go from here. The world is beginning to reopen, but Mother Nature is urging us to reconsider our way of life. It’s easy to get caught up in consumption culture. We’ve been programmed to want it all — reaching, hustling and working ourselves into the ground for an unattainable ideology. But as we emerge from the chaos of the pandemic, allow yourself time to breathe. Ask yourself: what brings me joy? Then act on it, not for monetary gain but for fun. Be…

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7 min
is our quest to reach wellness nirvana causing burnout?

The generation that grew up on a diet of hypersexualised pop stars has a new icon for aspirational fodder — that of the Goopy Gwyneth variety. Over the past decade, millennials have been told to stop worrying about being sexually desirable and instead aspire to reach the lofty heights of “fitspo”. We’ve ditched the denim hotpants and replaced them with hemp-fuelled green smoothies, embodying a lifestyle characterised by cruelty-free skincare, organic produce and a work-life balance that surely only exists for those who don’t actually have to make a living. All the while, our wellness-filled lives need to be aesthetically snapped and shared on our social media platforms, #wellbeingwarrior. Globally the wellness industry is worth over $4 trillion. Key figures in the wellness army, and those aspiring to make it past…

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6 min
boobs, glorious boobs

They called us “The A Club”. My co-members were two other small-chested 15-year-olds. Some rather bustier friends would line us up, boob-to-boob, and assess who was the smallest. I remember staring in the mirror afterwards, praying they were still growing. Fifteen years later, I know they weren’t. Aside from their brief but grand adventures into B-cup territory when I breastfed my kids, my boobs have remained the same — small enough that I can get away with wearing a sports bra most of the time and often not big enough to fill out clothes properly. It took a long time to reach a place of self-love where I’m not ashamed to be part of “The A Club”, but one thing I’ve learned on the way is you don’t have to be on…

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