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Wellness articles that changed us in 2021


I was excited to hear what the rest of the Lifestyle team took away from 2021 and will take with them over the coming year. That’s what they had to say.

A dry month is fine, but even better, reduced drinking takes a lifetime. Credit:Illustration by Dionne Gain

Reduce alcohol

It seems fitting that one of the most memorable lessons I learned from a health article we published in Lifestyle in 2021 was the one published on the very first day of the year, January 1: ” What happens to your body and your mind when you reduce your alcohol consumption ”. The sober movement has had a real moment, and for a lot of people it’s very appealing. It has many health benefits and I encourage anyone to try and quit alcohol if they want to.

But realistically, it’s not for everyone – me included, so I raised my hands and opened a bottle of wine. This is why it has been invaluable to me to learn from the health experts who reduce your consumption also brings a long list of desirable effects, including on your liver, your cardiovascular system and the risk of cancer. I slowly took the advice and became more mindful of my drinking. I found the most notable benefits to be better sleep and a happier, clearer head. Plus, I didn’t have any cravings for alcohol which meant better nutrition. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I have carried some of the ideas in this article all year round – especially during the Melbourne lockdowns when I was determined to drink less than before – and I suspect I am. ‘will remember it until 2022 too.

Sophie aubrey

Helping People Find Their Best: Ben Crowe.

Helping People Find Their Best: Ben Crowe.Credit:Eddie jim

Learn to know me

I hadn’t given much thought to how we define success until I read the profile of Ben Crowe by Sarah Berry, the Melbourne-based mindset coach behind top players. such as Ash Barty and Dylan Alcott. As the former director of sports marketing at Nike, Crowe has spent most of his career working with athletes on their external story when he noticed that this was the story they were telling each other – their dialogue. internal and their self-esteem – which had led to real success. Focusing on external validation and being “distracted by the results,” he says, can only get you so far. As part of his approach, he gets his clients to answer three “simple but not easy” questions to focus them on things they can control: who am I? What I want? How do I get there?

Responding to them, success depends less on what you want to accomplish and what that might look like for everyone, and more on who you want to be in the pursuit of your goals. It is an exercise that I will keep in my back pocket as the New Year approaches, and which I will remember when the challenges come. and frustrations arise.

Julia naughton

Rachel Stanley recommends taking your cadence into account when running.

Rachel Stanley recommends taking your cadence into account when running.

Learn to Embrace Running

If you’ve experienced the reign of super aggressive Catholic PE teachers in the ’80s, you’ll understand why I didn’t embrace racing until I discovered this comprehensive guide. While locked in the Mornington Peninsula in 2020, I had already donned sneakers for the occasional jaunt around the Flinders Golf Course to fight the three Cs: carbs, chardonnay and more chardonnay, but the long haul. road was still waiting for me.

During the Sydney lockdown this year, I finally tried to go farther than 6-7 miles after encountering the practical advice in this story. I selected the tips that worked for me and ignored the others at my peril (it seems stretch is important). I completed this year’s Virtual City 2 Surf in a time that still makes my chest swell with pride and pushed 20 kilometers during training. Sure, I looked like Cliff Young running home from a Mardi Gras party, but it’s a visual I wish those PE teachers were around to fully appreciate.

– Damien Woolnough

The “ideal” daily step count is lower than most of us think.

The “ideal” daily step count is lower than most of us think.Credit:Getty

The myth of 10,000 steps

For years now, I’ve assumed that every day that I walked less than 10,000 steps was, well, kind of a dud. Ten thousand steps was the magic number. To do what, I never knew exactly. Would that increase my chances of living longer? Give me the energy of Mick Jagger on stage, letting off steam in front of thousands of people? I never knew it, but the number stuck in my head, like a burr in a sweater. It was useless even on the best days, let alone the days when, before I fell asleep in the clothes I was wearing that day, I had racked up a meager 1,500 steps.

And so, when I read Sarah Berry’s article confirming that actually 7,500 steps was “ideal,” my heart jumped. It not only clarified the 7,500 steps per day I would get (a 40% lower chance of dying from any cause in the next two years), it also lowered the bar from that to. what success will look like in 2022. A better gift, I can’t imagine currently.

Samantha Selinger Morris

Nici Berman is a social worker who promotes Mental Health Days.

Nici Berman is a social worker who promotes Mental Health Days.Credit:Nick moir

Priority to mental well-being

There are so many articles that I have personally benefited from. As we faced another tumultuous year, reading people saying “actually I need a mental health day,” as Sophie Aubrey’s article explored, made me realize that to stay productive it was okay to step away from technology and work to recharge and refocus a day here and there. Other plays, including Kimberly Gillan’s on Creating a “Third Space” at Home for Our Well-Being and Sarah Berry’s on “Pandemic Flux Syndrome,” made me rethink the way I organized my work days, interactions and use of space at home. The latter also validated feelings of uncertainty and grief – something we are still experiencing as cases rise again this holiday season.

Sophie Aubrey’s “The Conversation About Fertility We Miss In Our Teens and 20s” reminded me of filling a previous gap in conversations with my Friendship Circles on egg freezing, infertility, and infertility. family projects. And finally, at the end of the year, Sarah Berry’s article on How Many Daily Steps We Should Actually Complete made me realize that it’s important to set goals, but it is. important not to fight when we do not meet the expectations we set for ourselves, whether it is minutes, steps or repetitions.