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Free flu vaccinations for over 50s, plus more news

Including the power of nature photography, household chores that beat sex (yes, really!), a surprising brow trend and wellbeing audiobooks
The new flu facts
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The new flu facts

Nobody wants to be bogged down with the flu or its icky symptoms, and seeing as most cases of flu occur between December and February, we think you’ll like this welcome news: there’s been an extension to the age group eligible for free NHS flu vaccinations – which means you could get an appointment at a Boots pharmacy near you. Appointments are now also available for people aged 50-64 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland, subject to availability). Just visit boots.com to book your flu jab – so you can protect yourself, and help fight off the flu fast. 

Snap happy for a wellbeing boost
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Snap happy for a wellbeing boost

It’s time to dust off the festive cobwebs, throw on your backpack and head outside with camera in hand. Apart from the wellbeing wins (nature is a science-backed stress easer ), entries for 2021’s Landscape Photographer Of The Year Awards are still open until 14 April. The annual contest asks amateurs to submit their snaps of British landscapes, from rolling hills and rugged coasts to city scenes and snow-capped mountains (current Covid restrictions permitting). Not only is there a chance to have your work published and exhibited, but there’s a prize of £10,000 up for grabs. Research suggests that even seeing nature in photos can have a calming effect, so what are you waiting for? Go to lpoty.co.uk for more info.

Is housework better than sex?
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Is housework better than sex?

Apparently so! In fact, 59% of us reckon the satisfaction of ticking off household chores is better than sex, according to a poll by HeatingForce.co.uk. Forget getting between the sheets – the task that gives us the biggest boost is making the bed, followed by changing the sheets, tidying and washing up. If vacuuming beats va-va-voom in your book, check out our sexual wellbeing range – satisfaction, guaranteed. Plus, meet the women hustling to revolutionise your sex life. Because sex should be more fun than dusting!

Bleached brows to wow
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Bleached brows to wow

In, well, eyebrow-raising news, one of the hottest 2021 beauty trends is bleached brows for the ultimate statement look. That’s the latest from Pinterest, which has reported a 160% year-on-year increase in searches for the current fad. Intrigued? Choose a bleach kit suitable for brows and ask a pro if you’re unsure. Oh, and the platform also highlighted a 35% uptick in searches for ‘colourful eyebrows’. So, when you’re over the bleach, turn to a trusty tool such as KVD Vegan Beauty Signature Brow Pencil – or the blue/purple/orange shade of your choice.

 

Listen up!
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Listen up!

Audiobook fans, you’re part of a growing book club: nearly half of first-time listeners started tuning in this year, say Nielsen experts. Perhaps not surprisingly, one in eight newbies were exploring the topic of wellbeing and self-improvement. Ready to join them? We’ll be starting the new year with a dose of The Iceman Speaks, where the Iceman himself, extreme athlete Wim Hof, shares his secrets to living a happier, healthier life, before we drift off to Audible’s relaxing and sleep-inducing Bedtime Stories.