The New Year is inevitably associated with a fresh start. Health and fitness goals? They’re among the most popular.
While 50% of UK adults cave by the second week, there’s a less cold turkey approach that more people are exploring. It’s called: mindful drinking. “If you are going to drink, make it a conscious, deliberate choice,” wrote journalist Dani Blum.
You might be scoffing at the Goop-ness of it all, but 2021 saw a surge in heavy drinking – especially among women. There’s also been a rising interest in female sober spaces and subjects in the press and pop culture, with name checks by (the real) Chrissy Tiegen and (the fictional) Miranda Hobbes.
On the fitness front, Let’s Get Physical is a new book examining the history of women, exercise, and the outfits – from Jazzercise to the Jogbra. And its latest evolution? “Not slimming down but mood management, community, spirituality in the corporal,” noted Alexandra Jacobs in The New York Times.
Spirituality in the corporal, eh? Might just be our battle cry for this brave new world. “The internet is a weak substitute for physical presence,” said the brilliant writer Jia Tolentino.
As we enter the third calendar year of the pandemic, it’s not difficult to connect the dots around why women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with anxiety. Or why there’s been a massive jump in postpartum depression. Mental health and social connection. They’re inextricably linked.
So, when it comes to women finding community, we’re here for it… in all its forms.