Wellness

The WFB (working from bed) revolution, and other news

Plus, the most sleep-friendly cities, science-backed gifts for your BFF, joyful eco moves and make-up inclusivity
Lie back and think of... work
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Lie back and think of... work

Chances are you’ve worn pyjamas for a Zoom meeting or two, but what about actually working from bed? A quarter of us working from home (WFH) do just that, according to a new YouGov survey. Between shared living/WFH spaces and the chilly weather, it’s no surprise a duvet appeals more than a desk. But, if you are working in bed, keep an eye on your back (Boots Back Support Belt can help with posture and give your spine some TLC) and mood. Check out the Lumie Vitamin L SAD and energy light, which is designed to boost focus if you don’t have access to much direct sunlight. Oh, and a separate shout-out to the 2% of peeps who work from the bath?!

Nail your bestie’s Xmas gift
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Nail your bestie’s Xmas gift

Before you reach for the classic socks and chocolate, know this: jewellery, tech and perfume are officially the most exciting presents for women. That’s the result of a new study, which looked at the impact of receiving different gifts on our heart rates. Good job we’ve got you covered in the tech and scent stakes – any of these gorge fragrances will do the trick. For more of a wild-card gift, sex toys came in seventh place on the excitement list. If that’s not an excuse to browse our sexual wellness section, we don’t know what is. Although, TBH, we really do love some socks and choc…

Make-up for all
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Make-up for all

If the blokes in your life are tempted to borrow from your beauty bag, they’ve got company: 65% of men would wear concealer or make-up if they thought they wouldn’t be judged for it, according to a new Direct2Florist poll. We say: let’s ditch the judgement and groom how you wanna groom. Check out brow guru Sal Cikikcioglu’s thoughts on inclusivity and diversity in the beauty world – then add these kickass concealers to your partner/dad/brother/mate’s Christmas stocking…

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer comes in 30 shades and is super blendable – ideal for getting in and around any stubble. It’s designed to hydrate and look after skin, too. Or there’s MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer, a spot-covering legend. It’s long lasting, lightweight and delivers a non-cakey, matte finish. A hit on the beauty scene, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer offers sweat-proof, water-resistant coverage for 16 hours.

How sleep-friendly is your city?
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How sleep-friendly is your city?

Let’s hear it for Glasgow, Liverpool and Dublin, which are among the top 10 cities in the world for championing great sleep. The creators of the 2020 City Sleep Index ranked areas based on residents’ slumber quality, looking at factors including mental wellbeing, pandemic anxiety, physical health, work/finances as well as noise, light and air pollution. Amsterdam took the #1 shut-eye crown. Tired of feeling tired? Tune into new podcast Sleep Cove. Hosted by a clinical hypnotherapist, it offers guided meditations, bedtime stories and sleep hypnosis. Plus, check out our strategies for a more restful kip. Sweet dreams!

Go for a green glow
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Go for a green glow

’Tis the season for warm ’n’ fuzzy feels, but you can enjoy them all year round by showing the planet some love. Three-quarters of us feel a ‘green glow’ when we do something positive for the environment, say researchers at the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology). Top joy boosters include sorting the recycling; reusing leftovers to reduce food waste; cycling or walking rather than driving; upcycling household items; and buying second-hand clothes. Dreaming of a greener Christmas? Get inspired by these eco-friendly swaps, from Japanese fabric wrapping to bread beer.