Me-Time Activities to try

Geraldine @ Me-Time Self-Care

So what is Me-Time?

Me-Time is not just about spending time on your own, it’s about making a conscious effort to take time out to recharge your batteries. This includes setting aside time to be present with yourself, mind, and body and taking care of your needs. Me-time can bring the mind and body back into sync with one another.

Away from distractions, to-do lists, and productivity, ‘Me time’ calms the mind. ‘Me time’ involves intentionally doing something you are craving at that moment that you know will help you feel relaxed and recharged. This usually involves giving yourself some time alone with your thoughts while undertaking mindful activities. However, it can be done in a variety of ways and varies from person to person.

Today we live in a fast-paced environment. With all the conveniences comes a downside, we don’t really take the time to slow down and find moments of peace. Taking time for yourself is vital. We often prioritise everyone else’s needs before our own because we don’t want to seem selfish or feel guilty but that’s not healthy.

So why is Me-time important?

‘Me time’ is a necessity, not a luxury. Taking time to tend to your own well-being has a lot of benefits.

Stress relief

Constantly being under pressure will increase stress levels and eventually lead you to burnout and exhaustion. ‘Me time’ can help clear your mind away from your to-do list while you focus on a task. Helping you to unwind and bring down stress levels, creating a better work-life balance.

Sometimes taking just 10 mins away from your responsibilities and to-do list can make you feel restored, while other times it might take hours of downtime or a whole day to feel rested.


‘Me-Time’ will help you feel energised and happier, putting you in a better position to care for and support the people you love. After all, you can’t fill from an empty cup. Me-time also allows you to take some time to pursue your own interests creating healthy boundaries.


Coming out of automatic mode and into a mindful activity can help us reevaluate ourselves and what is important to us. What are our goals? How do we like to spend ‘Me-Time’? Sometimes we get so caught up in the day-to-day tasks that we forget about what we want and who we are. If we aren’t aligning our actions with our objectives then we can become unhappy and unfulfilled. Me-time can allow for self-discovery and deeper thinking.

Another plus is that sometimes taking time away from a productive task and then returning to it can help us solve problems.

Promotes happiness and positivity

Doing the things that we enjoy makes us feel happier. Taking time to have fun, relax or do something just for us also improves our well-being and sense of self-worth. It can also help us reevaluate our priorities and what is important to us in life.

Four Me-Time  Activities to try

1.   Indulge in a hobby

Read a book, do a craft, or try out a new recipe. Turn your notifications off, and put your phone in a drawer or out of reach. Hobbies are great because they give us some time away from technology and give us a creative outlet. Spending time working on something that is not work-related or attached to monetary value can allow us to experiment with our creativity. Hobbies are also great because we can spend hours and hours doing them and pick them up and put them down when we want to.

2.  Treat yourself

Treat yourself to a ‘date for one’. Get coffee, go to lunch or to the cinema. Go to that place you don’t have anyone to go with. Bake yourself your favourite meal or dessert. You don’t need to wait to be invited by someone or wait for them to be free. Going out by yourself can also inspire you to enjoy the activity in a new way and in the way you want to.

3. Pamper yourself

Make your very own spa day at home. Light a candle, have a bath, do a face mask or paint your nails. Give yourself a mini face massage while doing your skincare routine. Massage your face in a circular motion and feel your facial muscles relax. A pamper night is great for unwinding the mind and body.

4. Have a Mindfulness moment

Practice having some time with just you and your thoughts and breath. Practice some yoga, do meditation or write in a journal.

With regular practice, Mindfulness can be a great tool for calming the mind and finding some slow, peaceful moments in your day.

So how do I find Me time?

Set intention

Before scheduling ‘me time’ it is important to set an intention for the time you are setting aside. What specifically do you want to do, what is your mind and body craving, and how will it make you feel?

Schedule it

Set a calendar appointment with yourself if you need to. Try to find a consistent time each week when you can focus on yourself.

Be disciplined

If you set aside ‘me time’ and only spend it doing tasks that drain you, you have not accomplished what you set out to do. Try not to be tempted to reschedule if something comes up. Remember to put your phone away and get rid of any distractions. You are the only person you should be looking after or thinking about at this time.






Me Time Massage balms

Me Time Massage balms

Me Time Massage balms

Me Time Massage balms are made with 100% natural ingredients – Sweet Almond oil, Olive oil, Beeswax, and high-quality Aromatherapy Essential oils.

The Aromatherapy Massage Balms are suitable for

  • Massage – Sports, Deep Tissue, Remedial & Myo-fascia Release
  • Reflexology – Feet and Hands
  • Indian Head Massage – to massage the neck & shoulder & upper back area
  • Thai Foot Massage

Me Time Massage balms Range

The Aromatherapy Massage Balms available are

Relaxing Massage Balm ( Lavender, Bergamot & Geranium)

Muscle Relaxing Massage Balm (Lavender, Marjoram, Black Pepper & Juniper Berry)

Invigorating Massage Balm (Bergamot, Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange)

The Massage balms can be purchased on Me-Time Therapies Store Amazon UK.

If you are an Amazon Prime Customer, you will be eligible for Free delivery.

Me Time Massage balms - Geraldine McCullagh creater

The beeswax Aromatherapy Massage balms have been created by Geraldine McCullagh, the owner of Me-Time Therapies. Geraldine is a qualified Clinical Aromatherapist and has over 25 years of experience in blending Aromatherapy Essential oils.  The Massage waxes are made in small batches to retain freshness. They have been tested to ensure that they are safe to use topically on the skin.

Geraldine uses her own Massage balms in her own clinic with clients for Body Massage, Reflexology, and Indian head Massage. Clients love the smell of the Aromatherapy balms and the feel of them on their skin. They also like that the Massage balms do not stain their clothing.

The Massage balms are also proving popular with other professional Massage Therapists, Reflexologists, and Physiotherapists throughout the UK.

This is my first time buying the product. And I’m not disappointed at all it’s everything what need. It’s provides enough glide but with good grip when needed. Brilliant for reflexology. I love the brands ethos and quality. And they can tell you exactly what in the product. 100% my new top reflexology balm.

Mother’s Day gift review for the Self-Care Kit

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Review by The Life of a Glasgow Girl 

Give the gift of some self-care this Mother’s day with the Self-Care Wellbeing kit from Me Time Therapy. Show that special lady in your life how much you love them with a kit that’s perfect for taking care of themselves and giving a little pamper.

This Self-Care kit from Me Time Therapy is a great little package that comes with:

  • Organic Cotton Muslin Cloth
  • 50ml Orange Blossom  (Neroli) Water
  • 50g Whipped Vegan body butter
  • 50g French Green Clay
  • Link to exclusive access to Hand Reflexology video
  • Links with exclusive access to 2 Mindfulness Meditations

“This kit is a perfect at-home gift experience for you or your family/friend who wishes to use 100% natural, eco-beauty, vegan-friendly products on their skin. The kit has been designed to create a calming and nourishing wellbeing experience at home.”


What I like most about this self-care kit is that you get the tools to create an amazing atmosphere at home and elevate your self-care a little. Plus you get a spray top for the Orange Blossom Water! It’s a lovely box and the whipped body butter glides on the skin effortlessly leaving it nice and smooth.

Get yours here – Self-Care Wellbeing Kit.


East Lothian Entrepreneur Article

East Lothian Entrepreneur finds success by embracing digital economy- Edinburgh Evening News -2/11/21

Journalist -Julie Douglas

An East Lothian entrepreneur is backing an initiative to help business startups and SMEs succeed in the digital economy.

Geraldine McCullagh, who owns and runs Me-Time Therapies in Musselburgh, wants to see others gain access to the global marketplace by signing up to the Amazon Small Business Accelerator. The scheme has already helped more than 12,000 Scottish startups and small businesses to build digital skills during the pandemic, with more than half of these firms planning to increase
investment in digital infrastructure over the next year.

Around 3,000 Scottish SMEs now sell professionally on Amazon, with around 450 in Edinburgh generating £20m in export sales in 2020.
Geraldine is one of a number of local entrepreneurs who have agreed to share their success stories in a series of free online training sessions being organised by Enterprise Nation, in partnership with Amazon and Scottish Enterprise.

Without the support of Amazon and Scottish Development International, she believes her business – selling a range of natural body butters, balms, and self-care kits– would not have survived the pandemic.
She says: “You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from learning how to sell your products globally.
“I was able to focus on what I am good at – making products – while Amazon took on the responsibility of logistics and delivery to customers, which I’d never been able to do as well.

I also feel a deeper connection with my customers who can see from my online store that I make every one of our products by hand.”

East Lothian Entrepreneur


Meet The Maker: Me-Time Therapies

Meet the Maker - Eco products by Me-Time Therapies

Meet The Maker: Me-Time Therapies

I was featured as Meet the Maker in the Green Parent Magazine as a result of winning for the third year in a row,  ‘Best Buy’ for my Vegan Body Butter.

I started Me-Time Therapies in 1996 offering Complementary therapies. Over the past 25 years, I have expanded the business by offering short 1day/2day therapy courses in Aromatherapy, Hand Reflexology, Indian head massage, and Self-Care. In the past 4 years, I have also added teaching Mindfulness classes along with adding an Eco- Beauty product range. My product range is Make your own Body butter & Lip Balm kit, Self-Care kit, Vegan Body Butter, and a selection of massage balms. I enjoy making products as combines my love of cooking, being in nature, using Aromatherapy oils, and also be eco-conscious.

I moved house last September so my new morning routine is sitting in my conservatory on my green velvet rocking chair and admiring my flowers in my garden and listening to the birds. I am very fortunate that I can have a slow mindful start to the day. I find this helps me stay calm throughout the day which results in me getting more achieved.

As I will be celebrating 25 years in business in April 2022, I will mark this anniversary by offering different promotions with 25% off on therapies, courses, and eco-beauty products.

My brand is

1. being a heart-based business where my primary aim is to help and be of benefit to others

2. using only natural ingredients in my eco-beauty product range

3. offering ‘me-time’ by coming for therapy or on a course and also offering ‘me-time’ at home by using the Self-Care kit, Massage Balms & Body butters. the Maker – Me-Time Therapies


Mindful Living helped grow Me-Time Therapies

Mindful Living Geraldine McCullagh

Mindful Living:  How this allowed Me-Time Therapies to Flourish and Grow

Since I have introduced living in a Mindful way, my business Me-Time Therapies has become more successful. The definition of Mindfulness is ‘being aware of what is happening as it is happening’.  It is not another thing to add to our already busy day. Mindfulness is a specific way of living your life.

Unlike Meditation, I can practice Mindfulness anytime and anywhere and can apply it to any situation or task throughout my day. Meditation is setting time aside each day to sit alone for at least 20 minutes to help quieten the mind and be aware of our body sensations.

Mindful Living: Focusing on one task at a time rather than Multitasking

I feel Mindfulness helps me keep my full attention on the task that I am working on. I am better now at being able to focus on the task and ignore distractions around me. I feel more contented when I complete a task fully rather than switching backward and forward to different tasks. I find multitasking causes my mind to become too busy and results in me feeling anxious and a feeling of a sense of failure.

I also find using Mindfulness helps me overcome procrastination when I am faced with a task that is causing me worry and stress. Previously, I would let my mind wander off into negative thinking causing more anxiety. By putting off a task, I realised I was wasting time and energy and unable to relax. I now implement Mindfulness techniques by breaking down the task into stages. I start with the most important part of the task that needs action in order for me to complete the larger overall task.

As I complete each task, I pause and congratulate myself for achieving this. This is helping replace my harsh Inner Critic voice who previously would berate me and I would have this sense of not being ‘good enough’.

At the end of each day, I now reflect on the day and look back on what happened throughout the day that I was grateful for. Rick Hanson, author of The Buddha’s Brain calls this ‘taking in the good’. This helps rewire the neurons in our brains and also releases ‘feel-good’ hormones into our bodies.

This is a much better way to get off to sleep. Previously I would ruminate over something that caused me to feel stressed. This also resulted in releasing more adrenaline into my body which would further inhibit sleep.

Mindful Living: Setting goals in alignment with my values.

By living in a Mindful way, I now pause when asked to do a piece of work. I check in with myself to see if the request is in alignment with my values and if it will be moving my business in the direction that I am focusing on. I can now comfortably say ‘No’ to work that moves me away from the long-term goals of my business. This also results in me having more ‘Me-Time’ as I am no longer over-stretching myself. In the past, this has caused me to feel resentful and also close to burnout.

Mindful Living:  Meditations help to quieten my mind

By practising regular Mindfulness Meditation, it has helped me train my mind to be calmer. This has resulted in moments of insight and inspiration. My most successful business projects have come to me in this way.

Since training in Mindfulness and Self Compassion, I have successfully added a product range to Me-Time Therapies.  I had wanted to create and sell products for so many years but lacked belief in myself.



Luxury Adviser: How I Transformed My Therapy Business

Luxury Adviser Feature: How I Transformed My Therapy Business Online During The Pandemic Article

Luxury Adviser Feature -July 2021 

When I launched my business Me-Time Therapies 24 years ago, my main offering was in-person massage and therapy treatments. For these appointments, I had developed a range of natural, sustainable massage balms to use on clients.

The rise of clean beauty

Over the years I noticed that there was a huge demand for clean, eco-friendly beauty products using natural ingredients, something I was already making on a small scale for my clients. In 2017, I refined my products and their packaging and started selling on Amazon as an additional source of income.

People really care about what what goes into their skincare products so I am completely transparent about the ingredients I use. Similarly, the packaging used for all of my ranges is reusable and eco-friendly and everything is handmade with care by myself.

My massage balm, body butter, lip balm and self care kits, all use eco-friendly and 100% natural ingredients. What sets my products apart is that, given my aromatherapy background, I can create aromatherapy blends that will help customers feel relaxed or invigorated depending on their needs.

The impact of the pandemic

The client side of the business was still my primary source of income, so when the pandemic hit last year forcing me to halt all consultations I went into panic mode. I had appointments booked in that had to be cancelled and I had to completely rethink how I was going to make an income.

I refocused my business strategy on my products and doubled down efforts online. People were becoming increasingly conscious on mindfulness during a time of isolation, and demand for products like mine increased. People were either looking for something to use themselves, or as a gift to check in with loved ones.

How I shifted to sell clean beauty online 

Thanks to having established a small business Storefront on Amazon, the pivot to a more product-led business model was fairly straightforward and it became my main source of income. This meant I was already in a good place to reach new customers and fulfil orders. Amazon’s distribution network was one of the ways I could maintain sales with a good service to customers.

With Amazon handling fulfilment, it meant I was able to focus more on making the high-quality products that my customers have grown to expect. As I am the only person in the business, it is reassuring to know that this aspect of my business is in capable hands.

There were several key ways I adapted my strategy to not only sustain the income I had lost from therapies, but make my products a more prominent part of my business and continue to grow during this time:

  1. I solidified the relationships with suppliers and placed more considered orders for materials strategic order sizes to ensure I was always properly equipped and limiting wastage.

  2. I doubled down on production and increased the inventory held with Amazon to meet the increased demand for my products. This helped me to not only meet delivery deadlines, but also expectations of my customers.

  3. I expanded my product ranges to cater to new customer needs. As we emerged from the first Lockdown in July 2020, and massage therapists were returning to work, I developed the Muscle Relax Balm for more professional use. Similarly, in the run-up to Christmas, I launched the Self-Care Kit which proved as a popular gift as people isolated over the festive season.


Scottish business thriving during the pandemic

Meet the Maker - Eco products by Me-Time Therapies

Scottish business growing through the pandemic article.

I have been featured as one of 10 Scottish-based businesses growing and surviving through the COVID-19 pandemic.

10 Scottish businesses growing through the Covid challenges

As Scotland takes its first tentative steps out of lockdown and reopens much of the economy this week, we’re taking a look at some of those who have risen to the challenge of the coronavirus and grown their businesses regardless.

These smaller Scottish firms come from a variety of sectors, but all show how innovation, determination, hard work and diversification can overcome even the most unprecedented of obstacles.

We’ve rounded up a range of entrepreneurial companies not just surviving, but thriving, through the pandemic.

Here are of course many more inspirational success stories of the last 12 months, but here’s a selection of the most interesting entrepreneurial stories we could find:

Me-Time Therapies

This wellness and beauty business was founded by 49 year-old Geraldine McCullagh 24 years ago.

Originally, as a massage therapist, she made her own range of balms on a small scale to use on clients. However, as McCullagh noticed the rise in demand for clean and eco-friendly beauty products, she wanted to make these products more widely available, and in 2017 started selling them online.

Me-Time Therapies’ handmade products are available through Amazon, which she believes has been imperative for growth, particularly during the pandemic.

“Last March, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to sustain the business as offering therapies wasn’t allowed in lockdown, but demand grew for my products online, so I was able to pivot my business and they became my main source of income.” explained McCullagh.

Her Make Your Own Body Butter and Lip Balm kits on Amazon UK became popular as a birthday gifts, or as new skills to learn in lockdown.

“In August, as therapists in the UK were allowed back to work, I added a Muscle Relaxing Massage Balm to the range, and sales are now coming back in as therapists are able open up once again in the UK,” she added.


Me Time Therapies Beauty Secrets Article

Beauty secrets Green Parent Article – Sept 2020  

Extract from Me Time Therapies Beauty Secrets  Article

I started out offering Complementary therapies and over the years have branched out into teaching short courses in Indian head massage, Aromatherapy and Reflexology. In the past 3 years, I have trained as a Mindfulness teacher and now offering 8-week Mindfulness classes. I have also created a natural skincare range over the past 3 years .

The natural skincare products are

· Vegan Body Butter

· Relaxing Massage Balm

· Invigorating Citrus Massage Balm

· Make your own Body Butter & Lip Balm kit (Vegan)

Even though I have been in business for over 20 years, I only started to focus on my brand three years ago when I was creating my first product; Make your Own Body butter & Lip Balm kit.

By offering Wellness therapies, courses and products, my brand is about helping others and being of benefit to them by sharing my knowledge and skills.


1. An Epsom Salt bath with Neroli & Geranium Aromatherapy oils followed by lying on top of my bed with a cosy blanket and doing a Mindfulness Body Scan.

2. Getting out into nature either into my garden or a walk by the sea helps me calm down when I feel overwhelmed by my ‘To-Do List’.

3. I also use Hand Reflexology when I am feeling anxious by massaging the Diaphragm, Solar Plexus and Head reflexes. I can do this anywhere (travelling or at home) as my hands are easily accessible.


I am about to launch a Muscle Relax Massage Balm which is suitable for Body Massage, Indian head massage or for achy muscles post-exercise.

I teach a Self-Care Wellbeing Day and I am formulating a plan in how to create this as a Self-Care Kit to launch in October to sell as a Christmas gift.


1. Food – buying fresh ingredients, bulk buying nuts, pulses& rice and avoiding processed, over-packaged foods.

2. Organic gardening – having a compost bin and by avoiding pesticides it has encouraged bees & butterflies into my garden.

3. Making as many natural skincare products myself and buying natural skincare products that are free synthetic chemicals & preservatives.


Summer Scents That Remind Us Of Our Favourite Holiday Destinations Article

smell Aromatherapy

Summer Scents That Remind Us Of Our Favourite Holiday Destinations Article

Extract from

With many Brits unsure on whether to book a trip abroad to their favourite destination of choice, reminiscing on the scents abroad can be a comfort for many. Speaking with Clinical Aromatherapist Geraldine McCullagh of Me-Time-Therapies, the research also looked into how scent is linked to these types of holiday memories.

Geraldine commented:

“When we breathe in a scent such as a perfume or a food smell it triggers a reaction in the part of our brain (limbic system). The limbic system associates smells with emotions and memories. Our ancestors would have used scents to associate with feeling safe or in danger. If they had previously smelt food that was going off but still ate it, they would have stored this memory of being sick. The next time they smelt a similar smell of food going rancid, they knew not to eat it. Scents were extremely important to them to keep them alive.

“Breathing in a certain smell can stir up instant memories of the past holidays. The best example of this is when we smell sunscreen at home, it transports us back instantly to holidays in the sun. We usually associate the smell of sunscreen with images of ourselves lazing by the beach or pool and having fun. Another example for me is smelling cinnamon and transporting me back to the memory of eating Apple pie in America with friends”.

From the research carried out, sunscreen was a popular scent for holiday goers, with many remembering destinations such as Greece, Spain, Italy, Australia and Peru.

Geraldine continued:

“In today’s society, we are using scents such as lavender oil to fragrance our bedrooms to associate with feeling relaxed. Every time we smell lavender in our bedrooms we link that to the memory of relaxing and sleep.

“Supermarkets also use memory and smell to evoke fond memories. They waft the smell of cooked chicken through the supermarket. The smells instantly connect us with a favourite Sunday lunch with the family. We then buy the cooked chicken to relive this fond memory. The smell of a dentist waiting room or hospital can trigger memories instantly of feeling anxious and afraid even if we are just accompanying a friend/family to a dentist or hospital appointment.”

So whether you’re set to stay at home in 2020, or planning on booking a holiday for 2021, take some time to reconnect with the scents that remind you of your favourite destination!


Me-Time Therapy Newsletter


Niamh Clancy
I purchased the self-care kit as an activity to do with my flat mates to unwind after a stressful week of lectures and studying for exams. The products were a great size and perfect for a group activity on a Friday evening ! The clay face masks were so relaxing and the hand reflexology videos were so informative and de-stressing, to accompany the beautifully smelling body butter. The pamper evening finished off with a lovely refreshing mist of orange blossom water. The kit was a great purchase and there is plenty left over to do another pamper night ! Perfect for a well needed self care night.
Grace Budge
I love this balm, the scent provides an ambience conducive to relaxing.and it has a silky non greasy texture that leave my feet nourished and the skin is smooth and soft.
jacqueline McGrath
I have been looking for a product that will help with rosacea and discovered this product- I could feel the face clay working it’s magic and can see and feel the difference in my skins condition. Added benefit was the vegan body butter. This is really good on dry skin- especially around heels…. The packaging is lovely- and really good instructions. I thoroughly enjoyed the hand reflexology and learned a lot from that. The blossom face spray has a lovely scent. I also thought the cloth that was included was a very high quality product . So overall- I am very impressed with the quality of product and packaging and am looking forward to trying out more products from this range.
Lisa McCormick
I have been using the relaxing massage balm for use during Indian head massage on my clients and they all comment on how nice it smells, I love how well it goes on and would definitely recommend it for this use. It’s also great for control on how much you use
Judith Dunn
I really appreciate the Muscle Relaxing Massage Balm. I’ve been using it for a few months now whilst recovering from some serious injuries caused by an accident. The feel of rubbing it in is so therapeutic, and with its gorgeous texture and aroma it is lovely to use, hugely soothing and calming. I am certain this product has been key to getting my body working again, so thank you Geraldine for your wonderful product.
Vijay Chumber
Brilliant products used in my clinic, ethical, natural and super smooth on the skin. The scent is lush and leaves an everlasting impression. Great value all round with service, quality and sustainability in mind. Excellent overall! Craven Physio Clinic
Fiona Robertson
I bought four Me-Time Self-Care Kits recently as gifts for friends - two who were under a great deal of stress with work and family issues, one who is under-going treatment for cancer and one who is struggling through a difficult menopause. Apart from the products, which are entirely natural and smell wonderful, my main motivation for buying these was the very original link to the reflexology and meditation videos. I have never seen this with any other gift product and, given their individual circumstances, I knew that my friends would appreciate them - and they certainly did! One friend was keen to try meditation, but had no idea how to start and this was the ideal introduction. The others said that it was a wonderful boost to morale in difficult times and, combined with the lovely products, was the perfect excuse to carve out some essential, therapeutic me-time. This little kit is very aptly named and is a very thoughtful gift for anyone in need of some time to themselves and a spot of mindful pampering. I'll definitely be buying more in future - including one for myself!
Rob Wilson Dancer/Choreographer
Lovely products! I’ve been using Me-Time massage balm on my clients since 2019, it’s a lot less slippy and messy than regular massage oil and has a great subtle scent of lavender that my clients really enjoy! My mum first introduced me to this massage wax and I haven’t used oils since! Great organic homemade and from Scotland too! It’s also a lot easier to carry around and safer for spillage as I’m a mobile practitioner using the Urban app in London
Maria Galimany
I've used a couple of their balms for reflexology treatments. The texture is nice and clients have often commented on the lovely scents. Would definitely recommend.
Info myoset
Absolutely LOVE me time Therapies wax. The play a huge role in everything we do here at Myoset. Highly recommend





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