Want to feel happier, healthier and more empowered, every single day? Then you’ve come to the right place! In this series, the Women’s Health Australia team chats to game-changing women about life, success, health, fitness, wellness … and everything in between. Here are some of my favourite episodes, which I hosted or produced.
Caitlin Cady: Can meditation cure perfectionism?
Caitlin Cady is a recovering perfectionist-turned-meditation teacher, who admits her own obsession with overachieving was making her “more burned out than a roach in Snoop Dogg’s ashtray”. Yeah, she might live in Byron Bay but she’s not your usual meditation teacher. For one, she loves hip hop as much as she does Tibetan singing bowls. She also owns a bar in Byron and a street mag, and the reason we’re speaking to her today, she has a new book, Heavily Meditated: Your Down-to-Earth Guide To Learning Meditation and Getting High on Life (Hardie Grant, $29.99) out now, where she proves
Meditation doesn’t have to be boring as shit or narrated by an annoying looooong draaaaawn ouuuuut meditation voice.
And she’s done all this while raising three kids under the age of six. “It’s a straight up circus at my house!” she tells us.
So how does she do it all without letting her perfectionist and overachieving sides take over? Well, you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out.
Canna Campbell – manifesting money and slaying debt
Does the thought of your financial situation make you anxious? It’s not just you. More than half of women under the age of 35 find dealing with money stressful. It’s bad for our bank accounts but worse for our health with Danish researchers finding financial stress can lead to the early onset of poor cognitive function and increased inflammation, which contributes to chronic conditions.
Not great, huh?
That’s why we asked Canna Campbell to be our latest podcast guest for Women’s Health Uninterrupted. Canna is a financial advisor and the author of a new book Mindful Money (Viking, $34.99). She’s famous for making vids for her YouTube channel, SugarMamma.tv, encouraging women to find financial independence and practise what she calls ‘money mindfulness’.
The Drop In: Isolation is making our skin break out!
ICYMI isolation is resulting in some major skin breakouts. Last week, I woke up with a pimple underneath my eyebrow. Other girls on the Women’s Health team have had their skin play up since lockdown, too. So I asked Dr Ginni Mansberg, a Sydney-based GP and co-founder of Evidence Skin Care (ESK), to explain what’s going on with all this adult acne and how we can fix our #isoskin probs.
The Drop In: Your head needs a break from bad news
Permission to have moments of feeling good – even when you’re also feeling anxious, shit scared and sad – granted. Dr Addie Wootten, clinical psychologist and CEO of Smiling Mind, and meditation junkie Caitlin Cady tell us why it’s more important than ever to appreciate the little things in life.
The Drop In: Isolation is making us hungry
One thing we’ve noticed going on with you, because it’s going on with our team at Women’s Health as well, is that while most of the world is in lockdown, our appetites are definitely not. But in this anxiety-ridden time during the coronavirus pandemic, how can we make sure we’re giving ourselves the comfort we need while also looking after our health? We asked accredited practising dietitian Chloe McLeod for her tips.
Teresa Palmer: Embracing the chaos of life
The reason we’re chatting to Teresa Palmer today has nothing to do with her acting cred (see: Ride Like A Girl and A Discovery of Witches) but everything to do with making sure that as women, we are talking more about our shared experiences. Not just the fun stuff, which we tend to do anyway, but especially when those experiences are hard.
She has a new book out right now, Zen Mamas: Finding Your Path Through Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond (Ebury Illustrated, $34.99), which she cowrote with her friend Sarah Wright Olsen. And just like in the book, in our Uninterrupted chat, the mum to six-year-old son Bodhi, three-year-old son Forest and one-year-old daughter Poet; and 12-year-old stepson, Isaac, gets raw and honest. She talks about her pregnancy loss, how she and her husband Mark got through his experience of postpartum anxiety, and the way she’s navigating life through the coronavirus pandemic.
Clare Bowditch: How to tell your inner critic to F-off
You know that anxious voice in your head – the one that tells you you’re not good enough, fit enough, thin enough, smart enough – the voice that sabotages all your good intentions? By the end of this episode, we’re betting you’ll have a name for it.
Today’s guest, ARIA-award winning singer Clare Bowditch, calls that voice Frank. When she was younger, she had to tell Frank to f*ck off quite often. Nowadays she has a more polite relationship with him, where a simple ‘no thanks’ will do, but it took her a long time to get there. As she writes in her memoir Your Own Kind Of Girl (Allen & Unwin, $29.99), “What starts as a breakdown really can become the moment you look back on as a breakthrough, as the moment in which you started to live your own kind of life.”