By: karengray | November 12, 2018

As more studies have been conducted, medical professionals now understand that diabetes brings with it the hidden risk of depression. In fact, diabetes can increase the chances of a person developing depression by 50%. With depression comes inactivity, fatigue, susceptibility to illness, cravings for easy burning calories like carbohydrates and sugars, a distancing of relationships, difficulty in the workplace or in school, and an overall sense of doom and defeat. Considering that 35% of all diabetics have significant depression and 11% have major depression, it is easy to understand why this topic deserves a closer look.

One of the first treatment options for depression recommended by most doctors is prescribed drugs. There are certainly ca...

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By: karengray | October 21, 2018

We all have it. Baggage is that emotional stuff that you have stuffed down and haven’t dealt with it. It’s like stuffing memories and feelings in a closet so that you don’t have to look at them.

It is a natural process that we all participate in, and it has many different names. It can be called avoidance, compartmentalizing, repressing, numbing, and others. But it all means the same thing. Something happened and you haven’t processed it yet, so you put it away to come back to later, when you are better able to deal with it.

But what happens when that closet overflows into your life? What happens when all those emotions come rushing back into the room?

Holding On...

All those things that you have been hiding away don’t just sit there quietly. T...

By: karengray | June 11, 2018

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” ~ Anthony Bourdain

This week’s news has been filled with touching and sad stories about the remarkable life of author and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. We spent nearly 20 years getting to witness Bourdain living his life with an unparalleled sense of honesty and curiosity, as he attempted to teach us all about humanity and empathy through food.

Personally, I was very sad to hear that someone I admire for his human...

By: karengray | April 23, 2018

Most of us have heard of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and many of us can probably tell you that it affects members of the military, law enforcement, and emergency personnel. Most folks know that PTSD is not something that you should mess with, and that those with PTSD need help to move through it.

The most common events leading to the development of PTSD include combat exposure, childhood physical abuse, sexual violence, physical assault, being threatened with a weapon, and accidents.

What most people don’t know is that many other traumatic events also can lead to PTSD, such as fire, natural disaster, mugging, robbery, plane crash, torture, kidnapping, life-threatening medical diagnosis, terrorist attack, and other extreme or life-threaten...

By: karengray | April 03, 2018

“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”    ~   Carl Jung

For me, it starts really quietly. I feel a little sad and I can’t quite seem to put my finger on why. It seems to come out of the blue. My training and experience has taught me to look a little deeper, and to spend some quiet time with myself to examine what I’m feeling. I try to identify the emotions that I am experiencing, as if I am looking in from the outside. Yes, that looks like sadness, and that looks like a little hopelessness, and that there, that looks like self-pity.

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