In conversation with Polly Harding

Name: Polly Harding

Occupation: Radio host

Describe yourself in three words: Random, fun, loving

Current state of mind: Optimistic for the year ahead! 2019 was pretty tough and a year of cleansing. I feel a lot more comfortable and confident in my own skin and more aware of my boundaries so I am excited to see how I can apply that in my day to day life.

Current location: Melbourne, Australia
How would you describe your philosophy on living well?

It has probably been said a million times but for me balance is so important and listening to what your body needs. Erasing the guilt when you consume something 'bad' and instead enjoying the moment. Make sure you fill your cup when you need it. It's not selfish to take care of yourself, it helps you be the best version of yourself for you and those around you.

What are you most passionate about?

Making those around me smile and feel good. I have always got a kick out of making people laugh but I have realised that also extends to creating spaces that make me and others feel at ease. I have just moved into a new rental here in Melbourne and realised how important it is to love the space you live in.

What is your favourite way to spend a day?

Exercise (I am way calmer and less stressed), spending time with loved ones, playing chilled out music, eating good food (and drinking wine) and spending time in nature.

What are your self-care rituals?

For me exercise is so important. More than anything it clears my mind and makes life easier to deal with. I try to meditate twice daily with the TM technique. When I started doing this it genuinely changed my life doing breakfast radio, giving me more energy and removing that jetlag feeling from not enough sleep with the job. I regularly use an infrared sauna, float tanks and get cosmetic acupuncture also. (Some people would say that's excessive but to me health is wealth so do what you need to do to stay feeling well and refreshed).

What are you most grateful for?

My upbringing. I had such a privileged childhood with the most incredible, loving family. I was never pushed to do anything in terms of my career, instead forced to follow what my heart wanted to do. Also my friends and boyfriend are so special to me. I feel very lucky to have such solid, genuine kind people in my life who support me along this crazy journey.

How do you deal with the pressure of being in the public eye?

Remember what really matters. It can be so easy to get caught up in the hype and excitement of it all, and by all means acknowledge the success that has been achieved. But, for me, money and being in the spotlight has never been a surefire recipe for happiness. Happiness is love, family, friends, working towards a goal and appreciating what you have. Never take anything for granted!

When you have a creative block, what do you do to clear it?

Go for a run or meditate. Or open up a journal and get all my thoughts out on paper as it often helps to gain clarity.

Where are your favourite places to escape?

Wineries, the beach, forest walks, my boyfriend's farm. Anywhere that has fresh air and nice views!

Where do you feel most at home?

When all my best friends and family are around and there is wine and lots of laughs.

What are your favourite reads and why?

I have not read a fiction in a long time as my attention span can be a bit of a punish. With that in mind, Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton is a good compromise as it is a compilation of short, hysterical and relatable stories about her life.

In terms of self help books, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle was one of the first books that really made me go wow and step further into spirituality.
In that realm, Gabby Bernstein is also fantastic and Brene Brown's Daring Greatly is also really hitting the spot at the moment.

What song makes you want to dance?

Anything by Girls Aloud. Outdated maybe but one of the most underrated British girl bands ever.

What is your favourite meal to share with friends and family?

We used to have a family curry night every Saturday so now I feel it is my role to pass on the tradition. I find it very comforting and fun to experiment!

What items form part of your daily rituals?

Coffee (always), yoga mat, crystals, Rationale skincare, essential oil diffuser

Five years ago, you wish you had known?

You probably know more than you realise and trust your gut.

What are you most excited about for the year ahead?

A fresh slate. There is something that just feels new about this year more so than other years that gets me really excited. I think it's time to finally manifest ideas and put less time into energies that no longer serve me. I have been so ruthless throwing out old stuff (which was very hard I must add) and now I am realising how therapeutic and satisfying a more minimal life is. Quality over quantity!

What words do you live by?

I am a sucker for a quote so very hard to choose one but 'que sera, sera' summed things up pretty well.