Wellbeing

Death metal cured my hatred for yoga

Metal Bones Yoga.

Virginia Pelley 12:15 AM   As we raised our arms high in warrior pose, the instructor shouted "Make your devil horns!"

Radical empathy

The ways trying to cheer someone up can backfire

"The fallout from failed bids to boost our friends' moods can also take a toll on our own well-being."

Katherine Schreiber   And how to avoid potentially awkward or hurtful conversations.

Pregnancy loss

Why are we still sweeping miscarriage under the carpet?

"It is quite incredible that there is so much mystery around an issue that affects 147,000 Australian couples a year."

Catherine Rodie   Until we increase awareness of pregnancy loss, women who experience it will continue to suffer in silence.

Sensitive stomach

How to soothe a sensitive stomach

Beat the bloat and soothe your bellyache.

Paula Goodyer   A few changes to your diet can help alleviate the symptoms associated with those three annoying letters: IBS.

Mindfulness

Can mindfulness be helpful for children?

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Alice Smellie   You bet, writes Alice Smellie - and it's like a breath of fresh air.

Ovarian Cancer

Are GPs doing enough to diagnose women with ovarian cancer?

Bridget Whelan underwent genetic testing after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Dan Harrison   Early detection is crucial, but a new study has found almost half of women diagnosed presented to a GP with symptoms at least twice before being referred to a specialist.

Step up

How stepping away from your seat for two minutes will help you live longer

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Sarah Berry   It's official - our chairs are trying to kill us.

Brain Power

Why I'm joining Carrie Bickmore in wearing a beanie for brain cancer

Beanie on: Carrie Bickmore delivers her moving acceptance speech after winning the Gold Logie.

Marcella Zemanek   When they called out Carrie Bickmore's name for the Gold Logie, I was beyond thrilled for her. When she took her precious allocated two minutes to talk specifically about brain cancer, I just started crying.

Workplace Woes

5 things to remember when dealing with difficult colleagues

David Brent

Don't let resentment snowball – sorting through problem relationships should be a top priority.

When emotional intelligence isn't used for good

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Sarah Berry   The edge that understanding the emotions of others gives us, can also be used for "malicious purposes".

Burnout Signs

Why knowing when to stop is key to success

Don't wait until you've reached the point of burning out, look for warning signs and sort it out early.

How to avoid burnout and spot the warning signs that you're getting close.

The world's first HIV self testing kit has gone on sale

BioSURE HIV Self Test

The self test kit uses a small amount of blood from a finger prick and offers a result in 15 minutes.

What's so wrong with having a little patience?

A new study by Ernst & Young has found women working part-time are the most productive in the workforce.

Julia Baird   In our bright and blinking technological age, intellectual immersion is rarely lauded. But it should be.

Why do mosquitoes like some people more than others?

"Some people are genetically programmed to be attractive to mosquitoes."

Karen Kaplan   Are you a mosquito magnet? If so, your genes may be to blame.

Technophoria

Do self-tracking devices actually lead to lifestyle changes?

Retailers are dedicating extensive real estate to wearable wellness gadgets.

Natasha Singer   Does the obsession with collecting data on ourselves spur us to change our behaviour or merely increase anxiety?

Real life

Telling people I have genital herpes is empowering

No offence: Ella Dawson says she feels empowered talking bluntly about her genital herpes.

Danielle Paquette   Ella Dawson blogs about dating with genital herpes to promote normality in the face of stigma.

Period Project

How do homeless women deal with their periods?

#TheHomelessPeriod addresses the monthly misery faced by homeless women.

Kathleen Lee Joe   The government provides condoms at homeless shelters, so why not tampons?

Michelle Bridges

Michelle Bridges: Where to learn more about nutrition

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Our expert offers nutrition advice, suggests a workout makeover and serves up a healthy stir-fry.

Enough catcalls

Meet the woman mapping street harassment in Brazil

Street harassment incidences documented in Sao Paolo.

Enough with the catcalls.

Happiness scent

The happiness we transmit through smell

Humans can detect whether another person is feeling joyful by their scent.

Sarah Knapton   It is said that happiness is contagious and now scientists believe they may know why.

#LoveYourLines

#LoveYourLines campaign has women embracing stretch marks

#LoveYourLines encourages women to share pictures and embrace their stretch marks.

Because we've earned these stripes.

Night moves

Perchance to dream: we often stress too much about the quantity and quality of our sleep, say experts.

Evelyn Lewin   Just when you thought you knew everything about sleep, the rules have changed.

Workplace empathy

Emotional intelligence boosts workplace performance

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Sarah Berry   Knowing and empathising with what other people feel is key to our humanity.

Egg donation

Fertility clinic offers $5000 to egg donors

I was a "universal reactor" – allergic or sensitive to everything on earth except porcelain, glass and steel.

Craig Butt   A fertility clinic chain is offering $5000 to cover the expenses for women who donate eggs, a first for Australia that is raising concerns about whether the sum could act as an inducement.

Life in a bubble

Universal reactor: being allergic to so much forced the author to move to the New Mexico desert.

Diane Thomas was diagnosed as being allergic to almost everything. She tells how she has coped with multiple chemical sensitivity.

No one can understand why this girl was sent home for her 'inappropriate' outfit

The offending outfit, which has since drawn attention to the victim-blaming and body-shaming nature of some school dress codes

One American high school may have deemed this outfit too inappropriate for the classroom - but 90,000 people have disagreed.

Stress less

The most common sources of everyday stress

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Michael Koziol   "Don't sweat the small stuff" is a common refrain. Yet so often we do exactly that, research shows.

Stigma means poor mental health and high drug use for LGBT Australians

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Miki Perkins   Australia's largest survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people shows it remains difficult for many people.

Anti-vaxxers

Does attacking anti-vaxxers do more harm than good?

Caucasian baby girl with bandage on arm

Amy Corderoy   Online debates about whether vaccinations are safe are unlikely to convince doubters to vaccinate.

Moody blues

Why the PMS myth is bad for women

"I could have PMS, you could have PMS, my dog could have PMS."

Sarah Berry   PMS has been so broadly defined it could apply to almost anyone... yes, even your dog.

Stop comparing women's body shapes to pieces of fruit

"As a queer woman, there's something about attending an event you can't legally host yourself that can dampen the fun." - Maeve Marsden has some useful rules for happy couples and guests navigating their special day in an unequal world.

Kasey Edwards   Categorising female "body types" is just body shaming dressed up as diversity.

Internet junkies

Is the Internet giving us all ADHD?

Many trolling victims are online as part of their professional work. What are employers doing to protect their employees from harm online? Not much, it seems.

Caitlin Dewey   Many of us have grudgingly accepted perpetual scatterbrain as a hallmark of modern life, as unavoidable as Facebook and the Kardashians.

Clementine Ford

The questionable science of 'attractiveness' studies

"The answers are invariably sought through the input of heterosexual men"

Clementine Ford   A eulogy to research funding spent on the optimal curviness of female butts.

Angelina Jolie

Why Angelina Jolie's op-ed on her surgery is so important

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Danielle Paquette   Jolie's choice sends a message to at-risk women who may be concerned about losing their sexual identity: removing your ovaries doesn't make you any less of a woman.

Sleep therapy

Taking a nap during work can improve performance

"The sleep test indicated why it's important to be well-rested."

Mary Ward   A short nap can actually improve memory function, a new study found.

Happiness habits

How changing habits can change your happiness

Change can be good, particularly if it helps us live longer, healthier, indeed, happier lives.

Heidi Stevens   Change can be good, particularly if it helps us live longer, healthier, indeed, happier lives.

Living alone

The toll loneliness and social isolation can take on your health

"Although living alone can offer conveniences and advantages for an individual, physical health is not among them."

Tara Parker-Pope   Loneliness can be bad for health, even for people who prefer their own company.

Depression

How television affected my depression

Being depressed can make you emotionally permeable, a lesson I learned that the hard way.

Mia Timpano   Being depressed can make you emotionally permeable, a lesson I learned that the hard way.

Fitbit life

Is technology spoiling your workout?

Is there value in an unplugged workout?

Nora Krug   Have we all gotten a bit too dependent on tech feedback?

Over-parenting

'Over-valuing' kids may turn them into narcissists

It's important to praise your kids, but keep a sense of perspective.

Nicky Phillips   Parents who shower their child with too much praise may be cultivating a narcissist, research suggests.

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Brigid Schulte: Why time is a feminist issue

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Brigid Schulte   When a time-use expert told me I had 30 hours of leisure time every week, I stopped breathing.

Child vaccination

Why some parents want to believe in a vaccine conspiracy

"When you're a young, scared parent, you will grasp at anything to make sense of a hardship such as autism."

Susan Senator   "When you're a young, scared parent, you will grasp at anything to make sense of a hardship such as autism."

Mental health

Why crying can make us feel better

The virtue traditionally associated with shoulder squeezes and self-sacrifice is more powerful than you think.

Mary Carpenter   More than for any other reason, I cry - even sob - at tales or images of rescuers; sometimes I have only to see a fire truck, and don't get me going on working firemen.

Benjamin Law: Time management is a total time waster

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Benjamin Law   Personally, I know I've crossed the boundaries of normal work-like balance when I start daydreaming about being hospitalised.

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Carly Findlay

Why I don't want a cure for my Ichthyosis

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Carly Findlay   While it would be nice for the pain to be taken away, here's why I don't want an appearance cure.

Morning habits

How to avoid waking up feeling groggy

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Elizabeth Hamilton   When Susie Phillips wakes at 5:30 a.m.- before the sun rises, before cars zoom down the street bearing the bleary-eyed to work, before children stomp down the sidewalk on their way to school- it isn't drudgery.

Real life

Why I had labiaplasty at 16

"The decision was not driven by vanity or sexual desirability. I had never had sex or even been kissed."

The decision was not driven by vanity or sexual desirability. I had never had sex or even been kissed.

Mental health

Anxiety ignorance makes mental health experts nervous

"Their company leaves you feeling drained and emotionally exhausted, and the prospect of spending time with them brings on a feeling of dread and anxiety."

Miki Perkins   An alarming number of people think anxiety is a personality trait rather than a treatable mental health illness that is more common in Australia than depression.

Lighten up

How to make exercising fun

Jump for joy: finding an enjoyable way to exercise means you're much more likely to stick with it.

Collette Beck   The mere thought of exercise is boring for many people – but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Film as therapy

Can watching movies work as therapy?

Emily Watson and Adam Sandler in the 2002 movie Punch-Drunk Love.

Elisabeth LaMotte   Therapist Elisabeth LaMotte thinks so.

Make my life better

The only way is up: raise your hands if you want to improve your health and wellbeing.

Michaela Fox   Three women began a lifestyle challenge on January 1 to make themselves healthier and happier.

Video of transgender boy asking to be accepted will bring you to tears

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Katie Kenny   Nine-year-old Milla Brown gains worldwide support after his mum posts inspiring video.

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Personal sanctuary

How your home can help you recover from work stress

Peace: Stress and pollution make it more important than ever that we find respite from the modern world in our homes.

Linda Moon   These tips will help transform your home into a haven that rejuvenates you after a stressful day.

Women's health

Drink to your health? Only if you're an older woman, study finds

Studies reporting the health benefits of alcohol are skewed, says new research

Melissa Healy   Studies reporting the health benefits of alcohol are skewed, says new research.

Positive strategies

How to silence negative thoughts

When negative thoughts creep up on you, remember you're in charge.

AILEEN NAKHLE   When negative thoughts creep up on you, remember you're in charge.

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Sharing stories

Why I talk about my abortion

"I know lots of people would rather I didn't talk about my abortion, because they're not sure how to respond or they are just uncomfortable with the terminology."

Jacqui Morton   Even though it makes other people feel uncomfortable.

Breathe easy

Do you suffer from screen apnoea?

Interrupted: we tend to inhale and hold our breath during periods of intense concentration.

Thea O'Connor   It can be a pain in the back – and more.

Breathe easy

Interrupted: we tend to inhale and hold our breath during periods of intense concentration.

Thea O'Connor   Do you suffer from screen apnoea? It can be a pain in the back – and more.

Wellness debate

'Wellness doesn't make you a better person'

In their new book The Wellness Syndrome, Cederstrom and Spicer argue this obsession with individual wellness does not lead to a well society.

Rachel Clun   If you think looking after yourself is the most positive thing you can do, authors Carl Cederstrom and Andre Spicer beg to differ.

Happy cry

This man hearing his late wife's decade-old voicemail is your happy cry for today

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Effie Mann   “It’s just a wonderful, wonderful sound that I thought was lost forever.”