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Healthy Balance

CLEAR YOUR MIND

City-dwellers are more unhappy on high pollution days, according to Chinese researchers who analysed wellbeing in 144 cities. Why? Well, it’s partly that people stay inside to evade the dirty air, so don’t get the moodboosting benefits of being outdoors. In fact, exposure to green spaces has been shown to not only increase happiness, but also reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stress and high blood pressure. So letting pollution keep us indoors isn’t a smart choice. The solution? If you live in a smoggy city, don’t hunker down – re-route. A London study found swapping your route from busy streets to quiet neighbouring ones can cut exposure to pollution in half. Still head to the park to bask in the mental health benefits – just take the scenic route.

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Have you thought about your sleep recently? It’s one of the key pillars of our wellbeing, which is why we’ve delved into all things bedtime this issue. Inside, you’ll find simple, science-backed fixes to all your sleep worries, from insomnia to snoring, plus our body clock training plan and moves to help you snooze. We investigate whether fat really deserves its bad rep, uncover the intricacies of the placebo effect, and explore 2019’s biggest wellness trend: blue health. Plus, our food section champions light Easter bakes, three beauty experts dish on their bedtime routines, and Jess Ennis-Hill talks family and fitness since retiring. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!