Women's Health Australia - - ED’S NOTE - Jac­qui Mooney Edi­tor @Jac­quimooney jacq­mooney

This time of year can be (in a word) hec­tic. Be­tween after-work wines, prechrist­mas get-to­geth­ers (that ac­tu­ally start in Novem­ber) and end-of-year dead­lines, stay­ing calm, cen­tred and rel­a­tively stress-free can be trick­ier than nav­i­gat­ing a lu­l­ule­mon ware­house sale. But ac­cord­ing to lead­ing mind­ful­ness ex­perts, just one small change – tak­ing a few short min­utes each day to stop, re­lax and (here’s the clincher) breathe deeply – could to­tally trans­form your health, well­be­ing and hap­pi­ness lev­els.

Ac­cord­ing to best-sell­ing au­thor and well­ness guru Dr Libby Weaver, the only thing sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to shift your body out of what she calls the “red zone” (think OTT stress and sky-high cor­ti­sol lev­els) and into the much more de­sir­able “green zone” (where ev­ery­thing is work­ing as it should) is a lit­tle some­thing called parasym­pa­thetic breath­ing. Think the kind you fo­cus on dur­ing yoga and tai chi. Turns out a few long, slow, deep breaths won’t just make you feel calmer; they can ac­tu­ally slow your heart rate, lower your blood pres­sure and calm your ner­vous sys­tem. Now that’s some pow­er­ful (and sur­pris­ingly sim­ple) medicine just about every woman I know would hap­pily take!

Look­ing for more easy ways to feel fit­ter, stronger and health­ier this silly sea­son? Eat well all month long with our mega nu­tri­tion spe­cial – 21 pages of clean recipes your body and taste­buds will love. From main meal sal­ads to DIY poke bowls and guilt-free avo chips (trust us, they’re ad­dic­tive), we’ve got your kitchen cov­ered (p119). Su­per­charge your me­tab­o­lism, burn fat faster and tone up with­out even try­ing thanks to our ul­ti­mate sum­mer work­out (p108). Dis­cover the truth about diet drinks (p102), up­date your ath­leisure wardrobe with fit­ness gear so good you won’t ever want to take it off (p72), and be se­ri­ously in­spired by our chat with this month’s cover star, the di­vine Ms Rachael Finch (p88).

Un­til next month – en­joy the is­sue!

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