For many of us, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! It is the season of joy and goodwill. We break up from work, get to spend time with our loved ones, indulge in festive food & drink; and we give & receive heart-felt gifts. For some however it can all just get a little too much… long dark nights, isolation, time indoors, lower activity levels, and we say that this might contribute to why….
There’s little doubt that 2020 has been one of the most testing and uncertain years. As a result, we think that this festive season, more than any before, will remind us about what really matters! Let us together focus on the simple things…. the joy of sharing home-cooked food; spending time with friends & family, and the importance of including those who may otherwise be spending Christmas alone.
Last week was International Stress Awareness Week; a week dedicated to raising awareness about stress and its impact; and to reduce stigma. It started out as just one day – National Stress Awareness Day – the first Wednesday of November, however has grown into a week long, international event. It seems extremely poignant that this year it took place as England went in to a second National lockdown…
Are you ready for the clocks to go back this weekend? At 2am on Sunday 25th October our clocks will wind back an hour to 1am; which actually means that you get an extra hour in bed! YAY! For many of us this will be a bonus, as our daily lives are jam-packed with activities, events and juggling! However it does mean that the evenings will be darker and longer…
Last Saturday was World Mental Health Day, a day dedicated to heightening awareness of the causes and effects of mental ill-health. If you are a subscriber to Tonic’s well@work app, you will already have access to October’s Wellbeing Topic – Mental Health. It is packed with content, insights, research and tips to help you better understand and prioritise your mental health & wellbeing.
For many of us, drinking alcohol is an enjoyable downtime activity. It’s something we do with our friends and our families at the weekend and is associated with happy times and celebrations! But then there’s the – “today’s been a long day or a tough week and I’m looking forward to a drink tonight”? The truth is, we have all probably said this to ourselves from time to time; especially over the last few weeks and months! We have all been stressed, annoyed or agitated and had a couple of drinks to supposedly “unwind”.
Drinking alcohol in moderation shouldn’t be frowned upon or make us feel guilty; that is absolutely not what this article is about. In fact some experts refer to the various health benefits of the occasional glass of “vino tinto!” However, recognising your drinking habits and understanding why we turn to alcohol (if it is on a regular basis) should be something to keep an eye on…
This week is Men’s Health Week. It runs for seven days every June and aims to raise awareness of the health issues that affect men disproportionately. It focuses on getting men to become more aware of health problems they may have or could develop, and gain the courage to take action!
Unsurprisingly, this year’s theme relates to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and is to ‘TAKE ACTION ON COVID-19.’ Using the brilliant information readily available on men’s health, and what our team of experts at Tonic knows, we have put together our guide on supporting Men’s health this June and, for good.
This week 8th – 14th of June is Diabetes Week. When we think about Diabetes and Heart Disease (or cardiovascular disease), it seems that the majority of us think of two separate conditions. However, did you know that if you have diabetes you are more likely to develop heart disease and you have a greater chance of a heart attack or a stroke? This is because people with diabetes are more likely to have certain risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
So, if you have diabetes (or know some one who has) understanding the connection between these diseases is a great first step towards prevention.
This week, 18th – 24th May is Mental Health Awareness Week. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, every year Mental Health Awareness Week aims to raise awareness around the stigma of mental health and encourage more people to open up about their thoughts, anxieties and worries.
Whilst mental health is and should always be an important topic, with more people feeling isolated, lonely and insecure due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we think that we need to support each other now and in the post-normal world, more than ever. And Tonic can help…
When it comes to walking more or taking part in physical activity, it’s like marmite; you either love it or you hate it. For some, exercise is an essential part of the day. It is great for boosting energy levels and relieving stress. Whereas for others, its a time to fear and constantly put off – even the thought of walking for longer than a few minutes is filled with dread!
May is National Walking Month (thirty-one days dedicated to getting us to move more and sit less), and it is perhaps more important right now than ever. So whether you are a reluctant exerciser or some one who is desperate to get back to the gym – walking more is something you should be doing right now.