A healthier, happier you! Explore wellbeing magazines at State Library

In this blog series our librarians dive into our print journals and magazine collection for the hidden gems, personal favourites and most requested. Next in the series Visitor Services Officer Elita Machin shares a wonderful selection of wellbeing journals and magazine.

Press Reader offers some wonderful magazines to instill a sense of calm and inspiration. The good news? They are all accessible from home through the One Search catalogue. Simply search for “PressReader” and log in with your free State Library membership to begin browsing.

Front cover of magazine Frankie

Frankie - This Australian classic has been featured in previous mag-related posts. It’s not strictly on the topic of wellbeing. However, its beautifully curated pages offer a source of escape. Perusing the products in the regular ‘Frank Bits’ section is almost like visiting your local weekend markets. And the comedic styles of writers such as Caro Cooper and Samantha Prendergast won’t fail to bring a smile to your face. This month’s issue is a winter special with plenty of ideas to while away hours at home, so be sure to check it out.

Front cover of magazine The Simple Things

The Simple Things - This magazine encourages readers to enjoy life’s small pleasures. For those suffering from cabin fever, it has lots of good bucolic vibes and tips on how to make home more inviting. Nourishing recipes provide food for the belly and articles on poetry, writing and topical issues provide food for thought. This magazine is published in the UK, so for readers feeling the effects of seasonal affective disorder, there is plenty of bright, summery inspiration in the latest issue.

Front cover of magazine Living plants

Living with plants - A whole magazine on inviting plants into your home. There is only one issue so far, but hopefully more to come. Perfect for State Library visitors who have seen our Entwined: plants and people exhibition and are craving something more.

Front cover of magazine Better nutrition

Better Nutrition and Nourish and Flourish - two mags for finding wellbeing through food. The “Cook Your Anxiety Away” article in the latest issue of Better Nutrition is perfect for uncertain times. And the chocolate feature in the latest Nourish and Flourish will give readers a much-needed oxytocin boost.

Cover of magazine Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal - this is one for all the stay-at-home yogis. It shows that yoga is much more than complicated poses and gives ideas for incorporating small, achievable changes in everyday life. There are plenty of back issues to work through for curious readers. 

These are just some of the titles on Press Reader for those craving a little self care. With hundreds more magazines to choose from, there is sure to be one that speaks to your interests.

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