Wellness

Why we need human touch + other news

We’re also indulging in make-up nostalgia, how to light up your child’s wellbeing, why snoring is a health watchout, and the perfect read to help soothe stress
The magic touch
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The magic touch

Here’s a stat we just can’t argue with: two-thirds of us wish we received more hugs. Perhaps it’s no surprise, when 84% of us who live alone don’t experience daily touch (especially right now!). These are just some of the insights from new Nivea campaign #CareForHumanTouch, which highlights the connection between touch and mental wellbeing. The brand is supporting projects around the world that promote this all-important skin contact. These include work with premature babies, the visually impaired and people with dementia. If you’re struggling with loneliness in this isolating time, there is help out there – start with this resource by mental-health charity Mind.

Make-up we miss
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Make-up we miss

If your lippy, mascara and foundation are gathering dust, you’re not alone: 89% of us have worn less make-up over the past year, according to a poll. That said, 76% are missing it, with false eyelashes, eyeliner and highlighter topping our nostalgia list. Nodding along right now? Treat yourself to these – even if it’s just for a walk in the park…

The lashes: Eylure Fluttery Intense No. 141 for a full, wispy and super-long look. Plus, each set comes with Latex-free lash glue. We adore.

The eyeliner: with its ultra-precise felt tip, L’Oréal Paris Metal Signature Liquid Eyeliner couldn’t be simpler to apply. Our shade pick? The intense Navy Metal. Your fellow dog walkers will love it!

The highlighter: whether you’re after subtle or supercharged for that Zoom quiz, Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo delivers long-lasting radiance – and it blends really easily, too.

The new stress-soothing guide
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The new stress-soothing guide

Between lockdown, working from kitchen tables, home-schooling, health worries and more, it’s no wonder we’re frazzled. That’s why we’re loving the new book The Little Stress-Relief Workbook: Decrease Your Stress Levels And Enhance Your Life. It’s a pocket-sized guide packed with practical advice and techniques for coping with stress and cultivating resilience. And it was written by integrative psychotherapist Jess Henley, who also happens to be the amazing ‘In Therapy’ columnist in our very own Boots Health & Beauty magazine and website – check out her latest column about looking after your mental health.  Aaaand, breathe…

Demystifying sleep apnoea
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Demystifying sleep apnoea

We’re getting busy at night – and not in a fun way – as almost two-thirds of us wake up. A total of 66% Brits get up to pee; more than a quarter snore; and half feel tired in the morning. That’s the latest from a Sunrise survey, which also found that 8% didn’t know snoring could be a symptom of sleep apnoea. Characterised by your breathing stopping and starting while you slumber, this disorder can lead to long-term health probs such as high blood pressure. Signs also include making gasping, snorting or choking noises during sleep, waking up a lot, and daytime exhaustion. So, check in with your GP if you’re worried about yourself or your partner. Plus, find out how to tackle other sleep woes here – from night sweats to troubling dreams.

Show kids the light
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Show kids the light

Certain types of light benefit our physical and mental health – and the same goes for children. With restrictions and bad weather  prompting us to spend more time indoors, experts have created short videos to teach young people how to boost their positive light exposure. The catchy Luna GoLightly series also shares why this is so vital, from looking after our eyesight and sleep to supporting productivity and mood. Plus, there are cute dog clips. We’re sold!

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Easiest health swaps ever!

From exercise snacking to friluftsliv; seriously good sleep apps to supplements such as Centrum Advance*; and how Nicotinell can have your back if you’re binning the ciggies… we have lots of smart ways to support your wellbeing. Read our genius tips here.

*Contains vitamin B6 and B12 to help support energy release from food. Vitamins C, D and zinc help to support the normal function of the immune system. Stop smoking aid; contains nicotine; requires willpower; always read the label.