How To Improve Your Focus


If you had to guess, how long do you think you can focus on one task without getting distracted? With emails and Facebook notifications popping up on your screen, not to mention the temptation of checking What’s App messages or news alerts on your phone, it’s much harder than you think to stay focused.

Most of us check our phone at least 28 times a day and spend well over 60 minutes on it. Don’t believe me? Download Moment, a phone app that tracks your daily phone usage and highlights just how much you use it. Aside from avoiding your phone though, how else can we stay focused and boost our productivity levels? Read More…



As a long-term poor sleeper prone to waking at 3 or 4am, I am over the moon to have found Cherry Night by Viridian (£24.95 for 150g), which is described as a ‘nutritional nightcap’ by the brand’s in-house formulator and naturopath Ben Brown. With natural melatonin – the sleep hormone – from cherries, plus calming glycine and magnesium, a teaspoon of this pink powder in water, milk or natural yoghurt gives me a much better quality of sleep so I have more sustained energy during the day. After three months of taking it nightly I am now used to sleeping well, which amazes me. Read More…



Back in my early twenties, a friend and I pondered the conundrum of how we would know when we were grown-up. I am not certain I know now some four decades later but it popped into my mind because when you read this I will have recently celebrated my 65th birthday. And that sounds pretty grown–up.

For me now, being grown up is about living more easily and smoothly and contentedly with myself and other people, not getting my knickers in a twist as often, being happy with small things (my husband’s eyes crinkling when he smiles, a good cup of coffee, a sunny day, flowers – and nuzzling my three horses) and also being able to deal with big stuff better.

While I can see the blessings of ageing, I do want to feel and look as good as possible while the years tick by. Over the last 18 years, my co-author (and valued friend) Jo Fairley and I have written up all our best discoveries in our Beauty Bible books, alongside the tried & tested products rigorously trialled by our ten women consumer panels. I love natural beauty and health and our latest book (the eighth!) The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible is stuffed with award-winning products and information. Read More…

Good Night, Sleep Right


This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine

According to leading sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley, ‘There are two things you need that should be of the highest quality: a pair of shoes and a bed, because if you’re not in one, you’re in the other.’ Today I’m focusing on the bed, or actually the mattress, although it’s key to choose a frame that’s the right height, says Hector Wells of the British Osteopathic Association. ‘The top of the mattress should be the same height as the back of your knee when you sit down, so it’s easy to get in and out of bed.’ Read More…