I’m on the 63 bus, 14 stops from home and my phone is on 1% battery. As the red bar flashes up on my screen and my go-to source of entertainment disappears into darkness, I am forced to stare out of the window. Contrary to what many Hollywood films suggest (cue the emotional soundtrack and melancholic rain), there isn’t much window gazing happening in modern life.
Thanks to the wider conversation about plastic waste, the beauty industry’s environmental impact has been called into question over the last few years. While excessive packaging is obvious to spot and tangibly changed, what about the ingredients hiding in the products in your bathroom?
"Feeling refreshed after a week off Instagram!" reads the caption underneath a gallery of sunny holiday snaps taken on a recent internet-free vacation. In 2019, well-publicised digital detoxes like this are two a penny on platforms like Instagram, a service we know all too well can be bad for us.
Whether it’s accompanying a relaxing soak in the tub, a Netflix binge on the sofa or a session working from home, there are not many situations that can’t be improved by a scented candle. With its flickering flame and transporting scent, there’s something instantly calming about lighting a candle.
Whether you were personally caught up in the protests or not, April’s Extinction Rebellion events were impossible to avoid. The activist group successfully shut down central London for 11 days and the government called a 'climate emergency'. Since then, Extinction Rebellion has remained firmly in the headlines thanks to protests up and down the country.
Your wedding day is arguably the most photographed day of your life, and getting your makeup wrong can be an expensive and often upsetting mistake. While many women rely on a professional makeup artist for the big day, having booked in for countless trials beforehand, more and more are opting to create their own looks. And with 26 million results for 'wedding makeup' on YouTube, and a further 7 million posts on Instagram, nailing it yourself is getting easier.
On paper, festivals sound like a nightmare. Why would you voluntarily camp in a muddy field without showering for the best part of a week? However, with the risk of sounding as earnest as someone at the Glastonbury Stone Circle at sunrise, I think there’s nothing better than escaping the real world, covering yourself in (eco) glitter and seeing a year’s worth of live music across five days.
Forget long evenings in your backyard or days spent frolicking in fields; if you suffer from hay fever, the summer season can often be spent sneezing and sniffling while hiding indoors. However, beyond the obvious allergy issues (the biggest downside to the warmer months), pollen can also affect your skin.
Committing to daily meditation can be tough, especially if you find it hard to relax — music can help. The emotional power of music is undeniable. But beyond its well known mood-altering abilities, music also offers a plethora of wellbeing benefits, particularly in relation to tackling stress.
When someone asks ‘How are you?’ your response is most likely to be a deflective ‘Fine’, or a straight-up ‘Stressed’. With growing pressures across all aspects of our lives, an always-on mentality fuelled by social media, and political chaos and impending environmental doom haunting our thoughts, we’re in the midst of a stress epidemic.