Well-being trends you'll want to try

Well-being trends you'll want to try

As we head into winter, we could all use a little more wellness in our lives. And while all these feel-good tricks are having a bit of a moment RN, it's not without good reason. Researchers have cold hard proof about the benefits of these well-being trends. So if you're feeling burnout, stressed or just blooming exhausted, give one of these a go. Here comes the science bit...

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Lounging Around

Lounging Around

London, NYC, Luxembourg... Birmingham. Next stop on the Vitra roadshow is Mailbox’s Level 1, showcasing some of the design brand’s best-loved chairs. If you’re the kind of person that can get excited about sitting, and I definitely am, you’ll be delighted to see the likes of an Eames Lounge Chair and others IRL. Head down to see the collection (it'll cost you precisely nought) until Oct 27.

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Notes On... The Testaments

Notes On... The Testaments

In its first week, The Testaments sold more than 103,000 copies in the UK — that’s more than double the total sales of any other hardback fiction so far this year. Margaret Atwood’s feverishly anticipated follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale had been shortlisted for the Booker Prize before even the critics had been offered a copy to review. And those who were allowed a proof before publication were shut in rooms guarded by PRs while they read the text. But is it any good?

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Holidays with a health twist

Holidays with a health twist

Hands up if you ever feel like you need to a) constantly be working to Achieve Your Dreams, b) be contactable 24/7 c) project an enviable life on Insta at all times or d) all of the above. Same, sister. Same. Maybe it's time for a holiday, and not just sitting on a sun lounger kinda hol. Pack your lycra, fly direct from BHX and get your pulse racing with these overseas trips that pack a fitnessy twist. Because healthy body = healthy mind = happy hecking holiday.

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Notes On... F45 Challenge

Notes On... F45 Challenge

I was 13 stone when I was 13 and used to smoke and drink milkshakes rather than go to PE. When I finally tried out the whole gym thing, my body was so unused to exercise that I ruptured a disc, got admitted to hospital and couldn't walk properly for months. Yoga has been my sworn exercise of choice ever since. Until I somewhat sceptically signed up for the F45 8-Week Challenge.

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For the love of pod

For the love of pod

A serious side effect of finding a new I can’t stop listening kind of podcast is wanting to tell the world about it. I’ve gone for a more manageable approach and I’m just sharing with you lovely lot instead. Oh, and I’ve tasked my colleagues Tom and Katy to tell you about theirs too. But be warned, if you find your New Favourite Podcast from this bijou roundup, you’re contractually obliged to share the knowledge with everyone you know.

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I've got my dream job

I've got my dream job

Ever considered a drastic career change? Our new semi-regular feature will follow a typical day in the life of someone with a Super Cool Job™, letting you have an insight without having to hand in in your notice. This week we're talking to Holly, who probably spends more time thinking about restaurants than even my ICB colleagues, as she designed some of the chicest ones in town.

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Notes On... West Side Story

Notes On... West Side Story

After reviewing over a thousand applicants and holding enough rounds of auditions to make even Simon Cowell feel bleary-eyed, the cast for Birmingham Hippodrome’s home-grown youth production of West Side Story was chosen. As part of their 120th b’day celebs, the Hipp have created a dynamic reimagining of the Romeo & Juliet tale with a cast of young locals.

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