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As I write on what is said to be the coldest Sydney day in 25 years, there is an encouraging sense of optimism for life beyond the pandemic.
Just over a year ago, the Lifestyle team made a decision to write stories that would help readers adjust to the extraordinary changes taking place in our everyday lives. Our mission was to deliver utility journalism where each article served a specific purpose or captured the shared experience of what we were all going through together.
Audience data showed interest spiked when we covered topics such as health, fitness, nutrition and relationships. In response, Deputy Lifestyle Editor Sophie Aubrey and I launched Live Well, a newsletter sent to your inbox each Monday evening. We wanted to cut through the noise that’s become synonymous with the wellness space, and bring you rigorous articles drawing on the country’s top health experts. (You can sign up here).
This year, we’ll continue to build on this, while looking cautiously ahead to our post-pandemic lives. Later this month, look out for a comprehensive guide to running. If you’ve always wanted to clock five or 10 kilometres, let this five-week program be your source of motivation.
A few other themes you can expect: the future of the office and what the changing definition of remote work means for our personal and professional lives. A deeper look at dating, relationships, and family life. And fashion: after a year of significant change, I don’t think we’ve ever been more conscious of our consumption, and the clothes we choose to wear.
Despite being caught in Melbourne’s latest lockdown, Fashion Editor Melissa Singer brought us the runway trends from Australian Fashion Week (via virtual stream, from her study) last week. Like most cancelled events of 2020, its return served as a crucial lifeline for the local industry, and this year was particularly poignant: the first one without Carla Zampatti.
Finally, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if our storytelling didn’t bring a sense of joy and inspiration to the Herald community. I hope you enjoy this selection of our most popular reads in recent months.
Don’t let winter stop you from exercising. Here’s how to tackle it
Biting temperatures, chilly winds and moody, wet skies: these are just some of the excuses you might use to avoid an outdoor workout in winter. But there are far more reasons – physical and mental – to lace up your runners.
My boss wants everyone back in the office. How do I raise my concerns?
Each week, Dr Kirstin Ferguson tackles questions on the workplace, career and leadership in her advice column “Got a minute?”
Carla Zampatti, an icon who defined power dressing for working women
With a career spanning more than 55 years, and plenty of creative juice left in her seemingly bottomless reservoir, Carla Zampatti was the closest thing the Australian fashion industry had to a matriarch, a pioneer and an immortal, all rolled into one.
Is it time to face the facts about alcohol and cancer?
A new Cancer Council survey of 1500 people shows that less than one-fifth of respondents recognise that alcohol represents a cancer risk, despite it being linked to at least seven types of cancers, including breast, liver, mouth, throat and bowel.
The puffer jacket trend no one saw coming: colour
Puffer jackets. They’re as ubiquitous in the cooler months as the scent of napthalene wafting from woollen jumpers on the morning train, and blackboards advertising mulled wine outside trendy wine bars. They are also the butt of many memes and jokes, and, quite possibly, the garment people most love to hate.
What is EMDR? The ‘bizarre’ therapy helping Prince Harry heal
When Prince Harry spoke about how he has undergone a controversial type of psychotherapy to heal from longstanding trauma and anxiety, the world took notice. What exactly, we all wondered, is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)?
What is ‘cheugy’? Only the latest Gen Z v Millennial tiff’
So, I hear Gen Zs are at it again. If by “at it” you mean poking fun at their elders, indeed it seems they are. You see, apparently, a lot of us are “cheugy”. Come again? What’s cheugy? If you’re asking that question, I’m afraid it probably means you’re a little – or a lot! – cheugy. Join the club.
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