You'll undoubtedly have spotted murmurings of it on Instagram already, but if you hadn't heard, last week we held a very special event at Clique HQ: the Byrdie x Wobble Live Podcast, which you can now download and listen to right here.
If you're not already an avid listener (change that ASAP), Wobble is a podcast is hosted by Jules Von Hep, tanning expert and co-founder of Isle of Paradise along with Sarah Powell, the most joyful radio presenter to ever grace your ears. Yes, this is the same duo that also brought us the hilarious Jules and Sarah: The Podcast, but Wobble is a slightly different offering.
Understanding that as humans, we all "wobble"—both physically and emotionally—the podcast calls upon a whole range of experts and guests to discuss all manner of topics including body positivity, confidence and fighting anxieties. It's quite possibly one of the most empowering podcasts out there, and whether you listen to the episode with Nichola Joss or the one with Lorna Luxe, you're bound to unplug your earphones feeling a whole lot lighter in spirit.
This version was recorded in front of an audience of Byrdie readers and fans (the first live recording for the podcast, no less). Jules and Sarah discussed their body confidence-related questions with a panel that included our very own Amy Lawrenson, editorial director of Byrdie UK, Felicity Hayward, model and founder of @selflovesbringsbeauty on Instagram, and Danielle Peazer, dancer, influencer and founder of the @daniellepeazermethod.
Our esteemed panel guests shared many useful pieces of advice for helping us deal with our own "wobbles," as well as touching on issues such as diversity and inclusivity in the media. And finally, the podcast episode is ready to download right here, but as a little preview thought we'd share just five of the brilliant nuggets of advice we heard below. Prepare to reconfigure your own mindset.
Don't Be Afraid to Hit the Unfollow Button
"If there is anyone on your Instagram feed that makes you feel bad about yourself, unfollow them. You have to because it can eat you up comparing yourself to them, thinking why did they get that job, or get that thing and you didn't? Anyone that says they don't compare themselves to others is lying, but you've got to remember that everyone has their own path and is on their own journey. You're not supposed to get the same opportunities as anyone else. So just unfollow, and it can make you feel so much better." —Felicity Hayward
The Benefits of Meditation Know No Bounds
"It's important to find your system—whatever that may be—that helps you tackle your anxieties. I find that meditation really helps. The shift is profound. You can take yourself out of a situation and when you come back to it, you'll be able to see things much clearer. Often, you'll realise that what you're worried about is just complete drama and isn't worth your time." —Sarah Powell
"I use the Calm app, and I had to use it the other day when I was on the train to Croydon (of all places) for a meeting. It really does calm you down." —Jules Von Hep
Be Kind to Yourself
"Sometimes the way I speak to myself is appalling. I would never speak like that to another person, so why is it okay to be so harsh on myself? When I'm feeling this way, I always write down whatever it is I'm feeling. When you look at it and how mean it is, you start to feel a bit ridiculous for ever feeling that way and you totally realise how laughable the whole thing is anyway." —Powell
Do Your Best to Follow a Productive Morning Routine
"How you set yourself up for the day isn't about which face serum you use or how much hot lemon and water you drink—it's about your mindset. So I like to get myself into the right frame of mind before starting my day." —Danielle Peazer
"I like to visualise my day on the bus to work. I go through my diary and walk myself through everything I have to do that day so that when I get to the office, I already know what's ahead of me and it doesn't feel as daunting." —Amy Lawrenson
"I've set the song Pony by Genuine as my alarm. That helps." —Hayward
Don't Be Afraid to Make New Wardrobe Choices
"Whenever you're trying an item of clothing a little out of your comfort zone, I always say you should just swallow those feelings of anxiety and walk out of the door. If you allow yourself to worry, then you start to spiral and freak out. If you just leave the house, then you're just stuck with having to wear it all day—you have no choice. And you'll realise it wasn't so scary after all." —Von Hep