Last modified on Jan 26, 2021 09:44 GMT Fiona Ward Whether you're looking to keep a fitness regime, quit smoking, learn how to meditate or learn new recipes, there are plenty of wellness apps to help with your quest! Like it or not, our smartphones have become an essential part of our health and wellbeing. Whether it's connecting with friends, building new relationships , looking up dinner recipes or streaming music for our workouts , for most of us, our phones play an important part in feeling good. Now, there are a whole host of new ways we can use our everyday tech to boost our wellbeing - including an assortment of apps aimed at just that. RELATED: Struggling to get to sleep right now? This 2-minute trick is a game-changer Track your period, manage your sleep cycle, ease stress and find health-boosting recipes with our edit of the best wellness apps on your phone's store right now - after all, if we can ordering takeaways and taxis at a tap of a button, why not meditation sessions too? Your body (and mind) will thank you for it… 1. Headspace Meditation and mindfulness is made simple with Headspace, the app that counts Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Watson as fans. Literally giving users a workout for the brain - led by former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe - the premise is to take ten minutes a day to listen in and clear your mind. So what are the benefits? Users report better attention spans, alertness and instant calm. DOWNLOAD NOW 2. Clue Swot-up on your cycle with period-tracking app Clue, and learn more about how your period affects you. With the options to input symptoms such as cramps and headaches throughout the month, as well as lifestyle factors such as alcohol, sleep and sex, you'll quickly build up a picture of how your cycle not only affects your physical health, but your mental health too. An essential tool for any woman looking to get … [Read more...] about 19 best wellness apps to download for 2021
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February 08, 2021 - 17:05 GMT Jessica Finn Katy Perry spoke out about how working on American Idol, while still newly breastfeeding was intense... Katy Perry, who gave birth to her daughter Daisy in August, opened up about the difficulties of being a working mother in a rare interview. The American Idol judge said that she went back to work not long after giving birth to her and Orlando Bloom's first child. During her interview on Live! With Kelly and Ryan, Katy said: "I started filming American Idol, season four, five weeks after I had given birth and I didn't plan on it but oh my God that was so intense! MORE: Katy Perry shared an incredible photo featuring baby Daisy during special celebration – did you spot it? Volume 100% Loading the player... WATCH: Orlando Bloom gets emotional watching Katy Perry perfrom Going back to work and breastfeeding. Holy crap, this is what women do. Oh my god. Women are the most powerful beings on the planet!" Katy also touched on the importance of keeping a routine now that she has her little one. "Of course there is a routine, my daughter is a Virgo and she thrives in routine," Katy added. MORE: Katy Perry's fans can't get over star's reaction to baby Daisy in sweet new video MORE: Inside Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom's quirky home with daughter Daisy Katy Perry gave birth to she and Orlando Bloom's first child in August Towards the end of the interview, Kelly Ripa told her how she looks fabulous and to really enjoy this special time right now with her daughter. Katy's response is completely mothering. The Fireworks songstress responded: "I slept with her burp cloth last night- that's how much I love her." The new mother recently touched on the importance of making space in her life for her little one. "Boundaries are so important and I have been practising a lot of those as well," she said during a Coca-Cola campaign … [Read more...] about Katy Perry on ‘intensity’ of being a working mother to Daisy in rare interview
Great filmmakers come from everywhere. Austin Tolin is proof. With a Vimeo page that’s a delightful mixture of under-viewed alt gems, docu-shorts, and a surprisingly well-shot wedding video from what I’d assume was the front end of Tolin’s career, his work dispels any notion that the craft evaporates in the space between JFK and LAX. As an Austin-based creator, Tolin has championed the work of many local standouts, including the late, great Lashonda Lester (who appears in Detective Calzone). I was brought to Tolin’s page by way of a tweet asking me to have a look at the very silly Jamie’s Car featuring the multi-hyphenate creator’s muse, Byron Brown. Like much of Tolin’s work, Jamie’s Car is rooted in downplayed, straight-faced absurdity. I then discovered Lily’s Birthday, which launches from the same space and then flirts with a parody that skews more surreal. Finally, and unconsciously building toward Tolin’s magnum opus, I clicked on Detective Calzone. Holy shit. Only after reading that SXSW said it “strikes the perfect balance of the sublime and the ridiculous” and that the Austin Chronicle dubbed it “CSI meets Naked Gun” did I look at the upload date and realize how far behind I was. Tolin’s eight-minute gem of a short about a beret-wearing detective (Brown) trying to eek out a place in the world after a nasty divorce was made over three years ago. Numerous screenings and accolades later, this sliver of pure comedy gold solidifies Tolin as an important new comedic voice with a deft sense of narrative pacing and a rare ear for dialogue. How did I miss this? Where the hell was I in 2015? Better late than never, I suppose. My apologies to Detective Calzone. Luke is executive producer at Big Breakfast and a watcher of many web videos. Send him yours @LKellyClyne. … [Read more...] about Embarrassingly, We Are Just Learning About
February 05, 2021 - 10:42 GMT Sharnaz Shahid Strictly Come Dancing star Dianne Buswell unveils stunning DIY hair transformation after taking relationship with Joe Sugg up to the next level Dianne Buswell may be busying moving into her new house with boyfriend Joe Sugg, but that didn't stop the Strictly Come Dancing star from showing off the results of her latest DIY hair transformation.The professional dancer, 31, who once was a full-time professional hairdresser, took to her Instagram page to share some photos of her red locks which were taken in by a few inches. "I gave myself a little DIY haircut today," she said. MORE: Strictly's Dianne Buswell stuns fans with blonde hair transformation Loading the player... WATCH: Dianne Buswell makes sweet comment about boyfriend Joe Sugg Promoting her new podcast, Dianne added: "Speaking of DIY HAIR, my new ep of Di's salon is out today download the @bbcsounds app for free to have a listen. I spoke with @laura.adlington and we had a lovely chat about mental health, the pros and cons of social media and of course lots of hair chat." READ: Dianne Buswell on her love of Strictly, boyfriend Joe Sugg and exciting plans for 2021 Exclusive: Tess Daly details secret wedding vow renewal story for the first time There's no denying Dianne loves to switch up her look, she often shares hairstyling tips with her fans – so this new podcast sounds more than perfect! The pro dancer shared this snap of her shorter hair Fans were quick to react, with one writing: "Short hair is back!! Woo I love you to short hair." Another stated: "Hair goals, omg your hair always looks so healthy." A third post read: "So so pretty!! Also obsessed with the podcast, is so much fun to listen to!! Hope you're well."MORE: Dianne Buswell reveals exciting fashion news - and Joe Sugg has the cutest reaction SHOP: The best Valentine's Day gifts for her On Wednesday, both Dianne and Joe - who met on … [Read more...] about Dianne Buswell unveils DIY hair transformation after celebrating new Joe Sugg milestone
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Photo: Cafe Today marks the start of President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, a historic proceeding of TBD significance that will serve at least two functions as it plays out. The first is an assessment as to whether the country’s institutions will hold the former president accountable for fueling the insurrection at the Capitol last month with his rhetoric, and the second is to function as a kind of litmus test sussing out the shape of the American public’s relationship with politics writ large as we drift deeper into the Biden presidency. Given the incentives of Senate Republicans, the former outcome feels all but predetermined. The latter, though, seems much less clear. It’s been posited numerous times over the last few years that the Trump presidency compelled more Americans towards greater engagement with political news — if not actual political participation — than ever before. But in the wake of Biden’s inauguration, the natural questions beg to be asked: Will those levels of political awareness and engagement be sustained? And what does it mean for the new media shops built over the past four years to feed this new engagement? Those questions loomed in the background last week when I jumped on a phone call with the executive team at CAFE, the media company started by the former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. We were connecting for a specific news peg: the launch of Doing Justice, CAFE’s first foray into narrative audio work. Produced in collaboration with Transmitter Media, Bharara describes the six-part podcast series as “a labor of love,” with the show expanding upon the work he’s done for his best-selling 2019 book of the same name. While the book was positioned as a treatise of sorts on the American legal system and the questions of morality embedded within, the podcast offers a more grounded approach that revisits some of the cases discussed in the … [Read more...] about Preet Bharara Navigates the Post-Trump Podcast Boom