Ris­ing up

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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.

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