What do you do when times get tough and life starts feeling less like a rollercoaster and more like a concrete mixer? We all have our strategies for getting through rough days or rubbish weeks, and although the experts have lots of advice on how to cope, what works best varies very much from one person to the next. I love hearing about what other people do when the chips are down – I find it not only inspiring but also a gentle reminder that everyone hits the skids sometimes and one thing we don’t need to feel is alone in our troubles.
In this issue, there are some heartening stories about women who have moved through difficult times or discovered their inner strength in interesting and unpredictable ways. On page 72, writer Kylie Bailey tells how she found her way back from chronic anxiety through yoga therapy. Developing a daily routine of soothing and cleansing practices (from meditation and mantras, to brushing the skin and clearing the sinuses) has gradually made her feel more grounded and able to shrug off the stress and worry that had become her constant companions. In contrast, endurance runner Lisa Tamati (page 60) reveals how running through overpowering heat across the deserts of the Middle East, pushing her body to crazy extremes, has taught her some important lessons about how to deal with life’s ups and downs.
Our cover star Makaia Carr has reached a new level of happiness by letting go of the things she once worked so hard to achieve. Known as a fan of punishing gym routines and clean eating, the wellness blogger (page 16) has chosen to loosen the reins and found that making her mental health a priority, as opposed to her physical fitness, has left her feeling more at peace.
Whichever strategy speaks to you, I hope you find some tips in this issue to help you forge your own path forward.