Why Fearne Cotton is taking over the Stylist website for one whole day

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Susan Devaney
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The Happy Place star will be transforming into a digital sanctuary on Tuesday 27 March. 

It should come as little surprise to learn that the 24-hour news cycle is proven to have a negative impact on our mental wellbeing, especially for those diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety. The solution? A website utterly devoid of news: a digital sanctuary, which promotes wellness, happiness and good mental health.

Enter Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place in partnership with Stylist.

On the surface, Stylist Live 2018 speaker Cotton appears to have it all: an award-winning career, a successful fashion line, her own podcast, a series of best-selling books and a loving young family.

It is for this reason that Cotton has always been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression, in a bid to tackle the stigma that so many women often face – and remind us that appearances can be deceiving.

Who better, then, to spearhead the transformation of into a digital sanctuary, focusing on wellness, happiness and good mental health?

In collaboration with Stylist, Cotton will create online content with the digital team that forgoes the typical headlines and news-worthy stories in favour of uplifting content. We’re talking practical advice on stress relief, tips for boosting emotional wellbeing, Cotton’s unusual fashion heroes, the importance of female friendships, and much more.

“I love the internet and the speed at which I can attain information, but of course like many things in life there can be a darker side to it and also an addictive side,” says Cotton.

“I think it’s really important to create as much positivity online as possible. So I hope to create a real happy haven and digital sanctuary when I edit the Stylist website for the day. I would love for it to be a place where people can visit to regroup, relax and enjoy themselves.”

And for the Stylist digital team the upcoming collaboration was a no-brainer.

“At Stylist, we’re always thinking about how we can best cover the issues our audience of smart, feminist women care about – particularly with regards to mental and emotional health,” says Kayleigh Dray, Stylist’s digital editor.

“We have always admired Fearne Cotton for being so open about her struggles with depression; after her diagnosis several years ago, she opened up about the symptoms she experienced, the warning signs she missed, the medication that doctors prescribed for her, and how her life has changed as a result.

“Since then, Cotton has used her position in the public eye to address the importance of mindfulness and self-care - and actively encouraged others to do the same. So, inspired by her new podcast, Happy Place, which sees her talk to inspiring individuals about the challenges they have overcome, we are teaming up with Cotton to create a digital sanctuary for women online.

“With her help, we hope to guide our readers on their journey to prioritising their own happiness in an increasingly busy and (sometimes) frightening world - and provide them with a place of solace when they need a break from the demands of their day.”

In the meantime, before Tuesday arrives you can download Cotton’s podcast, Happy Place, here.

Images: Rex Features / Instagram