Stay cool, sleep well, take a break!


This month I have been continuing in my quest to keep things simple and stress free. Not an easy task, which can, ironically, cause a degree of stress, but I’m working on it. I have, however, discovered that there are a few extra things I can focus on besides exercise and nutrition, namely:

One of the things that has really helped has been the This Works 3 Piece Deep Sleep Heroes Collection that was a Big Deal a few weeks ago. Did any of you try it? It is still available on our website.

Nicole and the guys and This Works, who are a British skincare brand and are experts on the body clock, believe that sleep – restful, restorative sleep – is the best beauty treatment. It is also a really good way of recharging your body and mind so that you can deal with the stresses and strains of everyday life. I got it because I wanted to add a good nights sleep to my arsenal of weapons I can use to fight off stress, and the fact that it will be a helpful part of my skincare regime is a great added bonus. In the set you get the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, Deep Sleep Shower Gel and the No Wrinkles Tired Eyes.

The Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (150ml, normally 75ml) is a combination of Lavender, Camomile and Vetiver, which are proven to calm the body and relax the mind. Simply spritz on your pillow, your sheets and your duvet. This will help you to fall asleep faster and improve the quality of your sleep so you feel more refreshed in the morning.

The Deep Sleep Shower Gel is actually the first step in your night time routine. This, again, contains Lavender, Camomile and Vetiver, which you can breathe in whilst unwinding in the bath or the shower, washing away the stresses and strains of the day.

No Wrinkles Tired Eyes is an award winning, anti-ageing eye cream. Useful if you have dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles or puffiness in the morning etc. During the day, our skin acts as a shield from the world and the environment, but in the evening our skin shifts into repair mode and this eye cream has been specifically designed for night time use. If you are anything like me, your eyes are the first give away that you aren’t getting enough sleep and there’s nothing worse than when you meet people and they tell you that you are looking tired!

It’s definitely worth trying out under our 30 night money back guarantee, especially if you are struggling to get that restful nights sleep, which can have negative effects in so many other areas of our life.

Keeping Cool
With the warmer days and evenings, I have been struggling to get comfortable, mostly because I am either too hot or because I’ve had the windows open all day and there have been lots of pollutants coming into the house from the outside environment, be it the traffic pollution or the trees. So in the evening it is not only hot, but the air quality isn’t always the best. For this reason, I have been trying out the Dyson Pure Cool Link, which is a purifier fan. It’s still a fan with the well-known Dyson air purifier technology, but it also has a 360 degree air purifier, which pulls in all those pollutants in the air, be they pollens, pet dander, mould spores or chemicals from cleaning products. This means that it can filter out 99.95% of allergens and particles from the air, making the air you breath much cleaner, so you can relax and breath easy!

It is also a fan with a magnetic remote control and oscillation so that it can be used as a cool fan. It even has a sleep timer, so you can set it to switch itself off as you fall asleep; not only that, but it also has a night time mode so that the light display dims and it operates quietly to avoid disturbing you whilst you sleep (it has the Quiet Mark to prove how quiet it really is!). It may be one of the best investments I have made for a quality night time sleep in this warmer weather! It will be coming up as a TSV on Monday, so make sure to tune in and snap it up at an amazing price while you can.

They do say that a break is as good as a rest, so last week I took myself off to Basel in Switzerland, just for 2 days. I have friends who live there and one of them works for Art Basel, the largest, and most famous art fair in the world. I love art and when I was offered the opportunity to visit with VIP passes, I just couldn’t say no.

For those who have never heard of Art Basel, it is the most prestigious of Art Fairs in the world, bringing together the whole of the international art world. With hundreds of the world’s leading art galleries showing the works of thousands of artists and a week long programme of talks and exhibitions by some of the leading cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding areas, it is a really exciting week of art and culture. I saw so many paintings by some of the world’s most famous artists from Picasso, Henri Matisse, Rothko, Andy Warhol, Ai Wei Wei, the list goes on and on. I even got to participate in some interactive art installations like one by Yoko Ono!

I should add that all of the art is for sale, and whilst I was fortunate enough to be invited as a VIP guest of my friends, the number of digits involved in the price of the art meant that I was definitely not buying (I was more likely to be found searching down the side of the sofa for bus fare than I was to be found buying a piece of the prohibitively expensive art on sale during the week!) It was exciting, though, to see so many brilliant modern and classic pieces of art up-close in a way that you just couldn’t do in a museum exhibition.

It wasn’t all about the art though; it was also about spending time with my friends (even if it was only for 48 hours) and getting out of my usual routine. There were parties and gatherings and it was so much fun. I was at a party my friends were throwing and at one point I counted at least 4 different languages being spoken in my immediate vicinity (one of my other friends works for the World Health Organisation and another one for UNICEF, so between them, they know a lot of people from a lot of different countries) and I loved the multicultural nature of my week away. It really felt like a break from the norm and it helped shift me out of my usual routine. I discovered that a simple break away from the norm can have a huge benefit in lowering stress levels.

So, all things combined, I am still working on keeping things easy and relaxed in my life and am discovering new ways of achieving that every day. If you have any tips or ideas for any one else reading this that can help with reducing or coping with everyday stress, please feel free to share them.

Until next time,

Miceal x


  1. Lisa June 22, 2018 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Hello Miceal. Lovely read, as always.
    My top tip for lowering stress levels would be to have a pet.
    I have 3 cats and after running around after 2 little ones all day I find stroking Oliver, (my favourite-shh, don’t tell the others), just melts away the stresses and strains of the day.
    Of course if you don’t have the time or space for a pet then my other tip is pampering yourself for how little or long a time you can spend in the bathroom. A nice bubble bath with some chocolate/wine/book.
    I recommend Elemis cleansing balm beforehand. Deep breaths in while inhaling the lovely aroma-bliss!
    Good luck on keeping your stress levels down ?
    Love and light, Lisa x

  2. Sue Knight June 22, 2018 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Love the photos of Art Basel – wish QVC would seek out artists in UK and sell their prints – an art show would be amazing.

  3. Cherill June 22, 2018 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal
    I’ve found a great way to get to sleep. You simply try to list things in alphabetical order. E.g vegetables, capital cities, femail singers, poets etc and you can make it harder for yourself as you select the categories. Always works for me! Good Luck.

  4. Cherill June 22, 2018 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal
    I’ve found a great way to send myself to sleep. I have to list things alphabetically. You can select categories for example vegetables but make it harder for yourself if that doesn’t work eg poets, female singers, song titles etc. Always works for me – Good luck!

  5. Susan June 22, 2018 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal,
    I love reading your new blogs. You and Anne just make me smile. That’s a stress relief!
    Sounds like a couple of days did you good. I hope you get another break, for longer next time. Your friends have amazing worthwhile jobs. How did they get into WHO and unicef? I’m sure you have interesting conversations.
    Might give this works a go again but I wasn’t dying on the smell. The fan though, not for me. Too expensive and a luxury!
    Keep well x

  6. simon clarke June 22, 2018 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Have you tried mindfulness. Some great videos on Youtube !

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