By Taming My Dragons

Warning- don’t stress your immune cells

The proof – stress causes physical illness >  A study has identified how stress damages the cells that protect our bodies against infection diseases, resulting in physical illness. The researchers have established how stress affects the defence chemicals that fight off bacteria or viruses, thus amplifying inflammatory and allergic reactions such as irritable bowel syndrome, asthma […]

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t start the New Year with a toxic detox

Restart your life the American way  >   If you are still scratching your head to find a wacky New Year’s Resolution to impress your friends – green juicing is so last year – then how about making 2018 your Judgment Detox year? OK, it is medical nonsense, which like your friends’ resolutions will be forgotten […]

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 […]

It’s OK to not feel like celebrating Christmas

God’s Holy Christmas cheer > The following poem is posted on the internet by Darryl Ashton who says, ‘I wrote it at the request of a group who suffer with mental health and depression. They asked me if I could possibly write a poem about depression with a link to Christmas. Well, as I’ve been […]

Nature – the cure-all therapy

‘Nature listens & nature cures‘  >  Naturopathy is based on the ancient idea of medicatrix naturae, which basically means the healing power of nature. Hippocrates summed it up as “Health is the expression of a harmonious balance between various components of man’s nature, the environment and ways of life …. nature is the physician of […]

World’s busiest therapist wants to help you

The chatbot therapist will see you now  > Tonic’s on-call therapy service has met its match. With no family commitments, need to eat, or time off for a social life or even sleep, Woebot is there to dispense cognitive behavioural therapy to you 24/7 via Facebook’s instant messenger service. Looking a bit like the animated […]

Keep calm and hike on

Life’s a climb – but the view is great  >  If you have banished your pedometer to the bottom of your sock drawer as it was an irritating reminder of how little exercise you were getting, maybe it is time to reawaken the little critter. It could offer the inspiration to rejuvenate your life. Anyone […]