We don’t know about you, but we could seriously do with a wellness retreat right now. After the unprecedented whirlwind that has been 2020 so far, we are pining for just a few days to totally focus on number one; to recharge, regroup and relax. But we hear you, who has the time or the money for that, right?
Well, that’s exactly why GLAMOUR has teamed up with Boots to bring you a digital wellness event like no other. Spanning four consecutive nights from Sunday 11 to Wednesday 14 October, we’ll be hosting live evening events across Zoom and Instagram, so you can easily tune in after work from the comfort and safety of your sofa.
The events will cover everything from expert masterclasses packed with health hacks to demos, classes and Q&As. With the help of the wellbeing experts at Boots, we’ve made sure the topics covered are the ones that matter to you – from mental health to immunity, sleep hygiene to sexual wellbeing, this is the wellness works. And you’re all invited.
SUNDAY: SELF CARE
Kicking things off on Sunday 11 October will be Self-Care Sunday. From 7.30pm, join the mindfulness masters that are Headspace for a panel talk on all things wellness – what it means to us in the era of Covid-19, why it is so important, and how Boots can help us all reach our wellness goals. There will also be a 15-minute mindfulness session led by a Headspace expert. We’re already feeling more Zen just thinking about it.
At 8.30pm, we’re talking all things sleep hygiene with Nytol. We all know how vitally important sleep is to our physical and mental health, but what we may not know is why we sometimes suffer sleepless nights, how our bedtime rituals can affect slumber and, crucially, what we can do to finally sleep better. Joining us will be GLAMOUR’s wellness contributor Simone Powderly and sleep expert Stephanie Romiszewski (AKA @stephsleepyhead).
MONDAY: MENTAL HEALTH
Next is Mental-Health Monday on 12 October. At 6.30pm, we will rev up our motivation up a notch with a live workout and Q&A, where you can ask questions on all things fitness. At 7.30pm, we’ll be learning the art of unwinding with a mediation and mindfulness sesh with reiki master Kelsey J Patel and emotional health advisor Roxie Nafousi.
From 8.30pm, it’s GLAMOUR Unfiltered Live where Entertainment Director Josh Smith will be getting up-close-and-personal with top psychotherapist Minaa B; mental health lead at KIND Snacks Harry Corin; author of How To Come Alive Again Beth McColl; and singer and depression survivor Frankie Bridge. They’ll be chatting about the stigma and pressures of mental health – and where to turn for treatment and help. This is one seriously important conversation you won’t want to miss.
TUESDAY: SEXUAL WELLBEING
Tuesday 13 October sees us swotting up on the subject of sexual wellbeing. Opening up the conversation about sex – from its correlation to confidence and body positivity, to finally busting the myths and taboos around female pleasure – is something we are so passionate about here at GLAMOUR. So, at 6.30pm our Editor-In-Chief Deborah Joseph will join fertility and women’s health expert Emma Cannon – as well as Africa Daley-Clarke, the creator of The Vitamin D Project and mother to two girls. Don’t worry, there will be no scaremongering pseudoscience here. Instead, we’ll be talking about everything from the myths surrounding fertility, and new parents’ mental health, to the syndromes affecting women everywhere, such as polycystic ovaries and endometriosis.
At 7.30pm, it’s our No More Faking, Let’s Talk About Sex segment with Lovehoney and GLAMOUR’s Social Media Editor Chloe Laws. We’ll be learning the art of perfecting sexual confidence and body positivity in the bedroom, destroying the taboo around female pleasure, getting started on sex toys, the science of the orgasm, and self-sex. We’re delighted to be joined by GLAMOUR fave and former Love Island-er Megan Barton Hanson; sex educator and author of Sex Ed: A Guide For Adults Ruby Rare and sexual health activist Rukiat.
The final section will focus on all the things you wish you’d been taught in sex ed. You will be able to submit any questions you may have before the event – whether they’re on methods of contraception, sexual wellbeing and STIs, vaginal health and so on. No topic is off limits here. The experts answering your questions? Farah Kabir and Sarah Welsh founders of HANX sexual wellness products; Alice Pelton, founder of The Lowdown, a website that helps women find the right contraception for them; Billie Quinlan, co-host of the Ferly podcast, which is all about mindful sex and sexual self-care; and activist and co-founder of the feminist group The Pink Protest, Grace Campbell. A pretty stellar sex-positive line-up, we think you’ll agree.
WEDNESDAY: READY, STEADY, NUTRITION
On our final evening, Wellness Wednesday on 14 October (6.30pm-9.15pm), we’ll be delving into nutrition thanks to a cook-along with Rachel Ama, author of Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats, who will be serving up a delicious and vitamin-rich dinner you can make at home. The recipes will be sent out to attendees a few days in advance, so you can make sure you have everything you need for the cook-along.
Finally, in our last session, between 8pm and 9pm, we’ll be chatting all things gut health: from immunity and how we can future-proof our bodies in a post-lockdown world, to dispelling the myths surrounding our guts and strengthening our immune systems. Joining GLAMOUR Beauty Editor Lottie Winter will be Sasha Sabapathy, founder of wellness company Glow Bar and Lisa and Alana Macfarlane (AKA The Mac Twins), founders of The Gut Stuff website, aiming to empower gut health in everyone.
We hope to see you there. After all, you deserve it!
To sign up, visit eventbrite