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Motivational therapy helps stroke patients

Can hypnotherapy help stroke victims?  >  Carl Yung said, ‘I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become’. An inspirational thought especially for stroke survivors, of whom one in eight die within 30 days.  Facing such a gloomy statistic it is essential that even mild stroke victims recognise the seriousness […]


Get a happiness strategy

Choose to be happy >   The secret of happiness may be a combination of simply choosing to be happy and having the right genes. If your talent for happiness is mostly determined by your genes, trying to be happier is like trying to be taller! And yet psychologists believe you can still pursue happiness by overcoming […]


Your ageing brain has more to learn

Old brains can still learn >  Our older Tonic clients often bemoan their failing memories. ‘I have a bad memory, but don’t ask me how I know’, quipped one.  And yet neuroscientists are finding that as we get older our aging brains are proving surprisingly malleable, though there are limitations. Contrary to popular belief, as far […]


Who will you be today?

Will you be Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde? >  Everyone has times when they feel disconnected – and we are not talking about when we have had too much alcohol! We daydream while doing repetitive tasks, household chores are done under automatic pilot and drivers are aware of the feeling of travelling a regular route, […]


Don’t let social anxiety ruin your life

How not to be lonely in a crowd  >  A client told us that they were outwardly gregarious and confident but when going out to meet new people, the closer they got to their destination the more nervous and sick they felt. Such trepidation is quite normal. It is only when the fear of socialising […]


Keep calm – you already have hypertension!

DIY solutions to high blood pressure  >  High blood pressure accounts for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide and causes 62% of strokes and 49% of heart disease.  About 95 in 100 people with high blood pressure have primary hypertension.*  This means there is no single, identifiable cause. However, poor lifestyles undoubtedly take their toll, including the […]


Therapy help for heroes

The fight that never ends  >  A Tonic therapist is helping an ex-squaddie with anxiety attacks. His client is already receiving PTSD support from the excellent Combat Stress charity, but he requires further therapy to overcome a stress cocktail brought on from lack of work, comradeship, respect and motivation, all of which hit him on […]


The best way to get something done is to begin

Procrastination is the thief of time   >   We have been putting off uploading this Posting for months, but it is time to talk about procrastination. This is not just the go-to activity of choice for most of us, especially those preparing for their exams, but ensures that our smaller, unimportant but seemingly more exciting […]


Anxious parents = anxious children

Helicopter parents to blame for child anxiety >  Over protective parents who mollycoddle their toddlers, could be causing them to develop anxiety in later childhood. Tonic’s clients of tomorrow! Research coming out of Australia suggests that so-called ‘helicopter parents‘ who constantly monitor their kids’ safety and progress, could have a long-term bad effect. Those that were already […]


Shedding light on phototherapy

Bright light therapy resets internal clock  >   You might not believe it if you suffer from insomnia, but your body has an internal clock that tells it when it is time to sleep and when it is time to wake. If this clock is faulty you are suffering from what is known as a circadian […]