Sophie Aubrey, Brisbane Times

Sophie Aubrey

Brisbane Times

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Past articles by Sophie:

To make your mind a nicer place to live, think of it as a houseboat

Campbell Walker’s new illustrated guide to the brain is unlike any you’ve seen before, and he’s one of many young Australians changing the way we approach our minds and our mental health. → Read More

We tried six meditation apps. This is what we thought

Meditation apps can teach us a skill that takes us well beyond life in lockdown. We reviewed six of the most popular on the market. → Read More

It’s prickly, so know the skills: Four common conversations about vaccination

From dealing with a loved one who is vaccine hesitant, to explaining the benefits of AstraZeneca or even simply asking whether your friend or hairdresser is vaccinated, here’s your complete guide. → Read More

‘I’m only halfway through my life’: Midlife women are done with being dismissed

Exasperated women around the country are increasingly demanding to be listened to over their health concerns, be it over menopause or COVID-19 vaccination. → Read More

How anti-vaxxers are weaponising pregnant women’s fears

Anti-vaccination activists are launching co-ordinated social media attacks to plant seeds of doubt that risk leading some mums-to-be and new mothers to refuse a COVID-19 vaccine. → Read More

Nail your technique, go the distance: Your complete guide to running

From technique, injury prevention and diet, your guide to training for 5km and 10km distances. → Read More

The wellness industry is coming for your teeth

Toothpaste is the latest item in the bathroom cabinet to get a high-end, beauty industry makeover. But leading dentists are sounding a clear warning. → Read More

What is ‘cheugy’? Only the latest Gen Z v Millennial tiff

The term is being used to describe people who are still following a trend long after it was cool. But we all have a little bit of cheug in us. → Read More

‘So many are unethical’: Influencers forced to face up to the rules of advertising

Two Instagram posts targeted by the advertising watchdog expose the problem that has pervaded influencer advertising for years, duping many fed-up social media users. → Read More

Behind the loathing of the Duchess of Sussex

Ever since Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry sat down with Oprah Winfrey, the visceral hatred has been difficult to miss. More specifically, the visceral hatred of Meghan. → Read More

Silk pillowcases claim to improve sleep, skin, hair. But do they work?

Silk pillowcases are now stocked in just about any store that sells bedding and beauty products, often costing close to $100. We examine the claims – plus a nifty trick for ensuring that you're buying real silk. → Read More

What happens to your body and mind when you reduce your drinking

You don't need to quit the booze altogether to reap some of the same health benefits. Here's what you can expect to happen when you cut down. → Read More

Why does back cracking feel so good? The 'pop' explained

And no, the cracking has nothing to do with joints being put back into place. Rather, there is a far more simple physiological process at play. → Read More

'Fitspo' is co-opting wellness – but new players are rewriting the rules

With fitness influencers not wanting to be seen as contributing to poor mental wellbeing, many have now morphed into 'healthspo', but experts say this is just as harmful. → Read More

How exercise changes your body after a day, a week, a month

Getting back into an exercise regime is rarely pleasant. But from the moment you start, your body begins complex processes to rebuild its fitness. → Read More

What happens to a woman's body as she gives birth?

Every labour is different – but there are certain, sometimes surprising, experiences a woman can expect when giving birth. What are they? → Read More

'Playing with fire': The curious marriage of QAnon and wellness

A far-right conspiracy movement has found a seemingly unlikely home in a space normally known for its gratitude mantras, downward dogs and green smoothies. → Read More

Mindfulness changed Brad's life, but the movement has been 'hijacked'

The "Gwyneth Paltrow version" of mindfulness is a problem for the real thing, which is increasingly backed by science. → Read More

We trialled seven cloth masks. Here's our verdict

Plus, what are the dos and don'ts of wearing a fabric mask? For starters, stop touching the darn thing. → Read More

What is anaphylaxis – and what should you do if someone has an attack?

Allergies are on the rise and so are potentially fatal anaphylactic attacks. Here's why a shot of adrenalin from you could make the difference between life and ... → Read More