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Hate crowds? Here’s 130,000 ways to overcome your anxiety

“People who have disabilities deserve to have fun too”  > So says Kaitlyn  Lundy, a 23-year-old who has anxiety and depression. And yet, in recent years she has travelled with her service dog Lilo from Phoenix Arizona to San Diego to attend Comic Con. This is an annual event that attracts more than 130,000 people. […]


Thinking outside the pill box

‘The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it’ Complementary therapies continue to gain strength in the NHS.  Talking therapies, meditation and massage are the most popular. A number of factors are contributing to this mood change.  The main one is the growing concern about a culture too dependent on […]


Stressed dads-to-be endanger their kid’s emotions

Unborn put at risk by emotional turmoil  >  According to a new study, fathers who are stressed during pregnancy are more likely to have children with emotional and behavioural problems. Infants tended to show increased spitefulness and restlessness, as well as having more temper tantrums than those whose fathers’ wellbeing had been healthy before birth. To put it […]


Keep calm and bark on

A sound therapy for man’s best friend? > ‘To achieve a tonic state of relaxation you need a calm environment and soothing sounds. Tonic immobility will result in a kind of time-out stress relief, which is especially helpful for those who experience anxiety‘. Sounds great, except that that is a quote from one of the […]


Secrets of anti-nap therapy

The stress of meeting-induced sleepiness >  Calls to Tonic relating to sleep problems are usually about insomnia. Until now. A client has phoned about being stressed over his inability to stay awake at meetings. He had already been reprimanded for inappropriate snoring! “I’m a really enthusiastic guy and love debating work issue,” he confessed, “but […]


I’m not grumpy – I’m an inflamm-ager!

Menopause = a pause while you reconsider men  >  A Tonic caller moaned, ‘My husband tells me he has no energy to do chores around the house because he’s suffering from male menopause‘. Nice try! Yet maybe we all suffer from inflammageing when we reach a certain age? In case you are not in the know, […]


When all else fails – take a holiday

Off on your hols, so let the holiday stress begin > Airlines on strike, train cancellations, motorway gridlock and, oh yes, you are off on holiday. You hope! The internet is awash with advice on how to avoid holiday stress, but what about PHS? For those not in the know this stands for Pre-Holiday Stress […]


There’s more to life than increasing its speed

You are never too busy. If you care you will find the time  > This may sound harsh, but what would happen if today you stepped back a little from your helter-skelter life? Would the world actually stop! The problem is that we celebrate being busy as a measurement of importance. It is our default response […]


Stress relief toys are no child’s play

What to do if you stress about stress before there is even stress to stress about? Doodling therapy, fidget-spinners, crystals and stress-relieving stones are now so yesterday. If you want to chill in style then there is a whole toy box of more chic stress relief toys on offer. In fact, getting yourself a stress […]


Dangers of executive burnout

Entrepreneurs’ No.1 enemy is stress   >  Being your own boss is rewarding, but it comes with its own stresses and strains. The endless struggles to manage marketing, clients, deadlines, staffing, VAT,  Government meddling and so on, all take their toll. Also entrepreneurs are notoriously bad at managing money, delegating and time management. Make no mistake […]