Mentally

Learn to wait – things will fall into place

Good things come to those who wait (even buses!)  >  We were criticised that our previous Posting about bus stop therapy, failed to mention the meditation bus being trialled in New York. Sorry. There are a 1000 + Postings on this Blog and until now not one has mentioned the value of bus therapy – […]

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 […]

The art of seeing

‘People see only what they are prepared to see‘  > So said Ralph Waldo Emerson, who presumably had never heard of natural vision correction! Eye strain causes stress-induced headaches which are the catalysts for so many calls to Tonic. Spectacles or contact lenses are the easiest remedy for eye strain, but those seeking a more […]

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 […]

Join the social medicine revolution

Lifestyle medicine will change the way we think about health >  Tonic predicts that social medicine will be the hip therapy phrase in 2018. The concept is hardly new but it is grabbing the media’s attention, not so much as a way of solving our ills, but as a way of reducing the pressure on the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cash award for mental healthcare pioneer

Complementary mental healthcare therapies comes of age   >  An independent charity in Manchester which provides support to adults experiencing mental or emotional distress, has been awarded £300,000 by the Big Lottery Fund. Founded in 1997, the Creative Living Centre already receives funding from the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a number of other […]