Time for You

December 2020

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Written by Oonagh O’Hagan of Meaghers

The last year has been undoubtedly tough for so many of us, the impact of Covid 19 on society has been immense and many of us have experienced the loss of loved ones, illness, financial worries, job losses, fear and anxiety.

‘…our breath quickens, muscles are tense and
ready for action and our heart races’

The hormones that are released by the body at times of stress are those that trigger your body into ‘fight or flight’ response. It is the body’s defence mechanism to help at times of emergency: our breath quickens, muscles are tense and ready for action and our heart races. These responses are useful when your body needs to react to danger however when the stress response keeps firing day after day it puts your health at risk.

The impact of these stresses on our health and wellbeing can be immense, it is important now to take some time to rest, reset and recharge. 

So I want to share some tips that might allow you to personally handle stress and reset and rebalance the system at the end of a stressful year.



Enhance your Night Time Routine

Sleep is a powerful stress reducer. Following a regular sleep routine calms and restores the body, improves concentration, regulates mood, and sharpens judgment and decision-making. 




Melissa Dream


Melissa Dream tablets is a formulation that contains herbal ingredients that have a calmative effect on your body. They contain magnesium, Lemon balm, L-theanine and chamomile and can help to relax you also before going to bed.  Just take three tablets one hour before bed to relax you and aid a great night’s sleep.

New-Nordic-Melissa-Dream-Restful-Sleep 40s

New Nordic Melissa Dream Restful Sleep

The Handmade Soap Company Bath Salts – Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme & Mint


If you find it difficult to fall asleep a hot bath with relaxing bath oil can sometimes help relax your muscles and aids a more restful sleep. Alternatively, you could try a spoonful of bath salts to help ease the stress away. 

Transform bath-time into me-time with these gorgeous garden-scented Epsom bath salts. Fragranced with lavender, rosemary, thyme and mint it restores skin and, on a really good day, faith in humanity. This is treat you deserve. 

Brighten your senses and feel the calming power of lavender ease the stress away. Enjoy the traditional herbal fragrances of rosemary, thyme and mint in a classic bath salt. Gentle and caring, it’s the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys stretching out in a spa-level bath at home.


The Handmade Soap Company Bath Salts
– Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme & Mint | 150g

Clarins Relax Bath and Shower Concentrate

Or if you prefer to take a shower but still want a product to relax your muscles and mind you cannot find a better product than the Clarins Relaxing bath and shower concentrate.

It has a Cleansing base of plant origin (coconut), linden, St. John’s wort, relaxing valerian, essential oils of basil, geranium, camomile and petit grain. A true pleasure. Calms both body and mind. The fine, creamy foam very gently cleanses the skin and helps relieve stress and fatigue. It also helps relax the body after exercise. In the bath, pour a capful of product under running water. Spread foam all over the body and inhale deeply to benefit from the aromatic properties. In the shower, use with a sponge.


Clarins Relax Bath and Shower Concentrate 200ml

Danielle Jade Roller & Plush Head Band Set

My favourite thing to do is to lie up in the bath with a face mask on and let the serum soak into my skin and then use a Jade roller to tone and depuff my skin. I keep my Jade roller in the fridge so it is super cold and when I use the small size under my eyes it totally depuffs those super annoying undereye bags!


Danielle Jade Roller & Plush Head Band Set

Mag365 Magnesium Supplement Un-flavoured

Magnesium is also brilliant to take in a hot drink before bedtime to relax your muscles, simply add a half to one full teaspoonful into a hot drink before bedtime.

Mag365 magnesium powder is a source of highly absorbable, effective, fast-acting water-soluble magnesium in ionic form. It is 100% natural magnesium and helps to both restore healthy magnesium levels and balance your calcium intake, including dissolving any excess calcium in the body.

The result of this is natural stress relief.


Mag365 Magnesium Supplement Un-flavoured

Night Owl Long Knitted Hot Water Bottle


Cosy up and Relax in comfort with the Night Owl soft and luxurious hot water bottle. Ideal for adding warmth to a chilly day and night. It has a stylish knitted washable cream knitted cover. 


Night Owl Long Knitted Hot Water Bottle

De Vielle Rechargeable Hot Water Bottle

Or another genius idea are these new rechargeable hot water bottles. 

The De Vielle Luxury Rechargeable Electric Hot Water Bottle is the ultimate hot water bottle that will provide you with hours of heat. 

Simply plug it in for 15 minutes before you go to bed for night-long heat where you need it!


  • Permanently sealed so no risk of scalding
  • Heating is provided by an element inside the bottle
  • Takes 15 minutes to heat up, will stay warm for up to 6 hours
  • Extremely safe and reusable
  • Soft Touch

De Vielle Rechargeable Hot Water Bottle

Find Mindful moments

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. 

Mindfulness is an excellent way to help with stress it makes it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.




Spacemask Self Heating Eye Masks

Space masks because they are self-heating and relax the muscles around the eyes and as such will release any tension and help you drift off for a more restful sleep. They also smell of Jasmine which is simply divine.


Spacemask Self Heating Eye Masks 5 Pack



L-Theanine is one of my favourites for when people are suffering from any anxious feelings as this has a calming and focusing affect. It usually works fast, it crosses the blood brain barrier and can help to regulate your mood and can also help with sleep. High levels are found in good quality Matcha Green Tea or you can get it in a capsule form below.


Solgar L-Theanine 150mg Vegetable Capsules

Exercise and Fresh Air

Exercise is a fantastic stress reliever that can work in minutes. Taking a walk allows you to enjoy a change of scenery, which can get you into a different frame of mind, and brings the benefits of exercise as well. Boost your energy with the following products:

Revive Active Health Food Supplement


Revive Active is a premium product with a powerful formulation of 26 active ingredients offering natural energy all day long. Revive Active will bring your immune system back to normal thereby reducing the chance of colds and flu’s but more importantly it will keep your heart healthy and you will feel your body totally refreshed. Revive active contains 150mg CoQ10 per sachet which gives you a sustained energy all day long.


Revive Active Health Food Supplement

Revive Active Zest Active


Revive Active contains all your recommended daily allowance of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.  It contains NO added stimulants, only natural ingredients so you have no highs and lows. Contains NO artificial colours or sweeteners and  is suitable for diabetics, vegetarians and coeliacs.


Revive Active Zest Active 30’s

YourZooki Liposomal Vitamin C 30


Your Zooki liposomal Vitamin C is a brilliant addition not only to boost your energy levels and support your immune system but the vitamin C is also an essential ingredient in the production of collagen and so it is fantastic to give your skin a really healthy glow.


YourZooki Liposomal Vitamin C 30


Finally do not forget that over 80% of our immune system resides in our gut and our gut bacteria make over 70% of the serotonin in our body AKA our happy hormone. I always say that if you have a healthy gut it really plays such a critical role in having a healthy body and the best way to support a healthy gut is to eat a diverse plant based diet high in fibre and to take a to ensure your gut microbiome is as diverse as it can be. Many things knock out your microbiome including the overuse of antibiotics, poor diet, exercise and stress which we have had plenty of this year.

The quickest way to rebalance and reset your microbiome is by taking a probiotic together with a diet rich in fibre. Without question my  favourite probiotic is Symprove as the bacteria are live and active and ready to colonise your gut, rebalancing and resetting it after such a stressful year.

We always recommend the 12 week program of Symprove but do remember when you purchase 8 weeks of Symprove you get an additional 4 weeks free of charge and you can also purchase the 8 weeks together or in two separate 4 week instalments.


Symprove 4 Week Supply


We are here to help!

So however your body has responded throughout these incredibly stressful few weeks and months there are certainly products that can support your body at this time. If you are feeling the impacts of this pandemic on your sleep, your anxiety or energy  levels or if you are noticing the effects on your skin or hair myself and my team of pharmacists are here to help you through these challenging times and all you need to do is to reach out and ask for the help that you might need.

Contact us on our helpline by phone or email

Have a great break this Christmas and make sure you make time for you. I think after this year we can all say that we deserve it and never feel guilty about a little bit of self-care.

Oonagh x


Oonagh O’Hagan

Meaghers Pharmacy

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-Lisa McGowan

Time for You

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