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Think positive & positive things will happen

Train your mind to see good in every situation  >  Over recent years researchers have found new and scientifically proven ways to increase positive emotions and thus well-being. The five techniques detailed below are making the headlines as they have a good track record in boosting positive emotions. Some do require commitment and practice, but hopefully […]

Who wants to win the lottery, anyway!

More money does not equal more happiness >  A therapist has dared to criticise his patients! This is something you should never do so here is what he said …. ‘too many of my depressed clients are sitting back and waiting for a lucky break. They dream of the day when their particular ship will come […]

Driven crazy by fidget sinners

Therapists in a spin over latest playground craze  >  Never let it be said that Tonic’s therapists are old fuddy-duddies not open to new ideas. If you have a child old enough to sling a yo-yo, then you will know all about the fidget spinner craze sweeping across school playgrounds. Unless you are a teacher […]

You are stronger than depression

There is only one thing more exhausting than being depressed and that is pretending you are not Mental Health Awareness Week once again focused our attention on talking openly about depression. In fact with so many agencies, like Mind and Heads Together, working to remove the stigma surrounding mental health, there is no longer any […]

Insomnia is nothing to lose sleep over

‘I want to sleep but my brain won’t stop talking to itself‘  >  So said a Tonic client who tosses and turns in bed fighting an over-active brain. Based on NHS statistics, about one in three of us suffer with bouts of insomnia. Leaving aside prescription drugs which have an addiction risk, there is such […]

How to survive life and be happy

You can do anything – but not everything   >  When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the story of the mayonnaise jar and the two beers …. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, […]

Kids find solace online

Warning to generation of extreme internet users British children are online more than almost any other developed nation and are more unhappy as a result. It is claimed that this leads them to become more unhappy and susceptible to mental health problems. An international study has found that staring at a screen for hour after […]

Hell’s bells! It’s the Morris Men

Hey nonny no, no, no, here come the Morris Dancers  > We have no idea what a ‘nonny’ means, but it does seem to herald the arrival of Morris Dancers.  If you suffer from any type of chorophobia* then this is the time of year to avoid pubs and town centres where weird men can […]

Is shopping cheaper than a psychiatrist?

Shopping addiction has had a facelift  >  Addicted to shopping?  Never! You are in fact suffering from a far more serious condition called oniochalasia. Hope that makes you feel better, though you would be advised to check on its pronunciation before boasting about your affliction to friends. The good news is that your problem can […]

What makes us worry changes

‘If stress burned calories I would be a super model’ >  So quipped a Tonic client and yet the truth is the middle-aged are becoming increasingly stressed about life. At the top of their worry list are care homes and their children’s job prospects. Rising house prices don’t help their blood pressure either! Latest statistics* […]