Unsurprisingly, being in the midst of a deadly pandemic is making our collective anxiety skyrocket – new research shows that in the last month, Google has had 74,000 searches for ‘anxiety symptoms’ and nearly 41,000 for ‘anxiety attack’. There are lots of resources to help ease feelings of anxiety on the NHS website but if you feel really overwhelmed, call 111 or make an appointment to speak to your GP. And if possible, try to get some form of exercise – it’s a scientifically proven mind-soother. If you need some pointers, read our feature on the best exercises to do to ease anxiety.
Finally, some good news – some of the beauty industry’s top people have come together to offer one-to-one consultations to 1,000 NHS workers with an initiative called NHS Morale Boost. It’s the brainchild of celebrity make-up artist Caroline Barnes, who’s enlisted fellow make-up artists, hair stylists, facialists, beauty influencers and experts to offer free beauty advice to NHS key workers as a thank you for putting themselves on the line for us all. Unsurprisingly, the slots went in a flash. We love any act of kindness but especially when there’s good beauty chat involved.
This week sees the start of Coeliac Awareness Week, and Coeliac UK is running a wave of initiatives to raise awareness, including asking people to bake gluten-free treats (hurrah!) and post them online so everyone can see how good gluten-free treats can look, as well as taste. If you haven’t got the time, energy or enough supplies of gluten-free flour to muster something up yourself, then may we steer you towards some pre-made gluten-free (and vegan) treats that are a firm favourite of the H&B team. Meet Gâto Cookies ’n’ Cream. They are so delicious you won’t believe they don’t have any of the usual things in them. Available in four flavours, we recommend you start with Salted Caramel. You can thank us later.
From running 5k, clapping for NHS and key workers, and getting your elderly neighbour’s groceries – it feels good to do your bit. Now there’s something else you can do – in your sleep! (Yes, you read that right.) The DreamLab app, launched in 2017 to help fight cancer, is now being used to aid research into Covid-19, too. All you have to do is download the app onto your phone and leave it to run overnight, while it’s on charge. The collective power creates a virtual supercomputer, capable of processing millions of calculations, so it can trawl through data and help solve problems, such as identifying existing drugs, that could benefit those with Covid-19. Two words: download now!
And now for something completely different… Meet Lewis and Fern, two horses who got, erm, hitched in the grounds of stately home, Orchardleigh (normally the venue for luxe human weddings). Love apparently struck during lockdown for this flirty filly and saucy stallion who live on site – because #isolife has meant they’ve been spending more time together. After the, ahem, neighptials, the equine pair had a banquet (think carrot, apples, and the all-important crushed Polo mints), then a swim before hitting the hay. Estate owner Chris Vincent said: ‘Staging an equine wedding might sound a bit mad but since lockdown nothing seems normal any more! Missing hosting actual weddings, we thought we’d do something that evoked all the sentiments of a wedding, but keeping firmly within social distancing guidelines, while helping to spread a little light relief.’ Take that, neighsayers!