By Taming My ‘Black Dog’

MPS – A needless or needleless therapy?

Is a dolphin better than a Ibuprophen?  >  Chronic pain wears down the very soul. The resulting depression is the catalyst for many cries for help to acupuncturists, Tonic’s hypnotherapists and so many other complementary therapists offering a range of pain reduction treatments. So maybe we should welcome a technique claiming to be more effective […]

All life is problem solving

Life is problems – living is solving them  >  Can hypnotherapy be used to solve practical problems? The quick answer is ‘yes’ and Problem-Solving Therapy in particular takes a heuristic approach*. PST, which dates back to the early 1970s as a sub-genre of cognitive-behavioural therapy, takes a relatively simple, action-oriented and pragmatic approach to therapy. […]

A ton of worry will not pay an ounce of debt

Rent burden adding to student stress  >  If you are an average university student, then you are probably becoming ever more anxious and stressed as a result of your housing costs. As if you didn’t have enough to worry about already! According to a new survey, student accommodation is consuming on average £131 of your […]

Snuggly blankets – what is there not to like?

Weight on your body is a weight off your mind  >  ‘Weighted blankets help sensory seeking patients calm their bodies in preparation for sleep, or can be used in sensory rooms, classrooms or simply as a way of chilling out at home. This is achieved because the extra weight relieves stress and anxiety, helping to […]

Prepare for spermageddon

When you feel worthless, remember you were once the quickest sperm We don’t want to worry you, but the human race is dying out. Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that male sperm counts had fallen by almost 60% in 40 years. In fact, across the world sperm counts are falling so fast […]

Farewell January blues – hello February blues

‘Sunset is the saddest light there is‘  >  A poignant quote to ponder this evening! Certainly during these winter months when daylight hours are short, it can be hard to get motivated. Some of us succumb to the winter blues, leading to increased illness, reduced productivity and a general feeling of melancholy. Recovery starts after […]

If it sounds good – it is good

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation  >  Silence is indeed golden, but in our helter skelter world it is a commodity in short supply.  Worst of all are those sounds that drive us crazy and there is in fact a scientific reason why we recoil from unpleasant noises. There is an interaction […]

Love your enemies – they’ll hate it!

‘Keep your friends close and your enemies closer‘  > So goes the old proverb, but maybe it is time to rewrite it as …. ‘keep your friends close and your enemies not quite so close‘ as toxic relationships are being linked to depression, cancer and heart disease. According to the latest research*, relationships may be […]

I owe, I owe – so off to work I go!

Here’s to another day of outward smiles and inward rage  >   … so it is back to work for the start of another year. And if you were depressed at work in 2017 then there is nothing to stop it happening all over again. As one Tonic client put it, “I feels as though I’m […]

Merry everything and a happy always

How to fight the post-Christmas blues >  Congratulations – you are a Christmas survivor. So you are in those dull days leading up to New Year, which are only punctuated by inane sales, soggy weather and left-over turkey. Now is not the time to wallow in elf pity (sorry!); instead you need a plan to […]