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Wellbeing

  • Easy! Buy these, and sleep better

    Having trouble sleeping? Us and half the world right now! Here's what the Muddy team have in their shopping baskets to help with some much-needed shut-eye.

  • woman sleeping mask

    7 Steps to beat insomnia

    Can't get no sleep? You're not alone. For World Sleep Day we chatted to a sleep expert about how to pandemic-proof our Z-time. Want to beat those bleary-eyed starts? Read on.

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    12 Perfect picnic spots for you and a pal

    Picnic spots are the HOTTEST social event to be seen at. We're now allowed to socialise with a +1 on a park bench with a picnic (whoo hoo!) so let's do it with style shall we? These supremo snacking spots come with stunning views and nearby cafes and pop-ups if you're packing light.

  • Five ways to become more Zen

    Whether it's social anxiety about lockdown ending, or panic that it's not coming soon enough, a new book claims the ancient art of Zen will see us through. Ready to try it?

  • woman under cloud

    Decoding Depression: how to spot it and help

    A year of cohabiting with Covid is a grim milestone - the struggle to eat, WFH, sleep, repeat every day is real. Our mental health has never been more under the cosh and rates of depression have soared to an all time high. But help is at hand. Find out how to spot the signs and help when it hits.

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    15 Life coach lessons for lockdown

    Feeling the burn of a year of pandemic life and the tsunami of anxiety that comes with it? Resilience is harder to find than that 59th Zoom link of the day. We turned to life coach expert Charlotte Ferrier for how to not just survive - but thrive - during lockdown.

  • Cheaper than therapy: self-help books for 2021

    Being stuck inside for a year hasn’t done us a ton of good, but help is at hand. Try one of these tomes designed to get our work, home and head space in order.

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    How to give pandemic pain the needle

    Getting your 'chee' balanced may not be the first thing jostling for attention on your to-do list this month. But amid the stress of homeschooling and the anxiety of another lockdown, it might be exactly what you need. We chat all things acupuncture with local therapist Karen Wade.

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    10 Best Snowdrop Walks

    Let me out! ... (locally of course). How better to get some fresh air and exercise than with a mood-boosting meander through thousands of pretty snowdrops. Check out where you can go in Glos & Worcs.

  • man dancing

    11 Best online dance workouts

    January fitness resolutions twerking out of view faster than last night's Merlot? We've got you covered with these online dance workouts you can do from home.

  • Fast and filling recipes for Feb

    No time/energy to cook (let alone make it healthy)? Don't worry, we've got you. Here are two low-effort, speedy suppers under 500 calories to feel good about.

  • Best new fitness tech for 2021

    Need something to help those workouts along? Itching for some new tech in the new year? Read on for the Muddy edit of the best flashy fitness buys of 2021.

  • Best wellbeing podcasts for 2021

    Want to boost your wellbeing? Hell yeah! While we can’t go to the gym right now, we can go on long solo walks with inspirational podcasts. Here's our pick.

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    My Wellbeing Rituals: Jenni Rivett, PT to the stars

    Could there be anyone better to grill for wellbeing nuggets than an international fitness trainer to the stars? We think not. Chelt-based Jenni trained HRH Princess Diana for seven year and is a former PT to the likes of Liz Hurley. Her Train Like a Woman workouts regularly pull in Zoomers from all over the […]

  • The foxiest fitness gear for 2021

    New year, new fitness routine? We're with you! Here's the Muddy edit of stylish sportswear and accessories that'll have you in tip-top form in no time.

  • man woman

    Is your sex life suffering in lockdown?

    Is lockdown testing your relationship to the limits? Read on for our expert guide to keeping love (and lust) alive at this tricky time.

  • view hills

    7 Walks with a view

    Yes, we see you there underneath that duvet. Grab the dog / kid / partner / headphones and shake off the January doldrums with one of these simply spectacular hilltop walks.

  • The only 5 resolutions you need to keep in 2021

    January is traditionally a time for making ridiculous promises and then feeling shame by failing to keep them. Not this year: we’ve been through enough.

  • Stress

    Lockdown anxiety: 7 ways to keep it in check

    Lockdown is back and with it, hours and hours to listen to the rising panic in our heads. Don’t fancy that much? Nor us, so read on.

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    Walkies! Cold weather walking gear to pick up now

    Gyms are closed (as is practically everything else), so we're getting our exercise fix with some long winter walks. Here's all the gear you'll need to stretch those legs this season.

  • Working (out) from home: 5 on-demand exercise classes

    Tear your eyes away from Netflix and get moving with these streaming fitness classes. No excuses now!

  • J’adore / J’abhor – Daylight Saving Hours

    The clocks went back this week and the nights truly are closing in. Two Muddy staffers battle out the pros and the cons.

  • 8 of the best… bras for running

    Running the one thing keeping you sane? Just for you we've rounded up (er, excuse the pun) the best high support running bras - all perfect for your daily exercise hit.

  • The coolest biking gear for lockdown miles

    Unleash your inner cyclista with our roundup of the best kit to wear on your daily cycle. Let's go!

  • Gotta Have It

    Planning a garden Easter egg hunt? Better hide this one from the kids - it's the UK's first Cannabis Easter Egg. Ready, steady, munchy!

  • 6 of the best… candle subscriptions

    Ooooh, something smells lovely! These clever candle subscriptions make a thoughtful winter gift (even if it's for yourself - shhhhh, we won't tell).

  • Pamper day? Four luxe London wellbeing destinations

    Feeling frazzled? London day trips aren't just for shopping/drinking/sightseeing - get thee to the city for a turbo-charged wellbeing fix.

  • Three bonkers wellbeing trends for 2020

    Will you be, um, honouring your vagina this year?

  • J’adore/ J’abhor

    Feeling it for 2020's New Year's Resolutions or think they're a total waste of time? Muddy ed-in-chief Hero and HQ staffer Nancy duke it out.

  • How to be happy in 2019

    New Year, new chance to give yourself a great big shot of positive energy with one of these 28 inspirational ideas.

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