CALMER IN SECONDS
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!