By: karengray | July 08, 2019

National Simplicity Day is observed on July 12th in honor of Henry David Thoreau Thoreau is well-known by many for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. In our increasingly fast and busy lifestyles, National Simplicity Day is an opportunity to take a step back and think about slowing down, decluttering, and striving for balance.

For some, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed in the hustle of keeping up with the everyday demands of work, education, family, friends, and other responsibilities. Others may feel that they have a good handle on things, but may still feel out of balance, as if something is missing or they aren’t moving forward in the way they’d like to.

To restore balance and simplicity, it can be v...

Category: Self Care 

Tags: emotions, stress, NLP 

By: karengray | October 16, 2018

I really like that there is a month set aside to think about having a positive attitude. I wonder what ways you have noticed your own attitudes improving this month. I wonder what changes you have been able to create in your inner and outer attitudes by creating shifts in your thinking.

In all of our efforts to be better than we were a while ago, it can be natural to lose perspective on where we are and all that we have accomplished. I was reminded of that last week, when I reminded a client that “not everything is broken.”

Sometimes I will ask a client, “What do you want to change today?” This helps them to get their brain moving in the right direction before we start our hypnosis work. We had worked on confidence, and acceptance, and lettin...

By: karengray | October 08, 2018

A positive attitude is something that goes deeper than putting on a smile and surface cheer. An attitude is a pattern of feelings that, like all feelings, stems from your subconscious mind. We know that feelings, emotions, and thoughts are all tools that our subconscious mind uses to influence our actions and behaviors, so it is easy to see now that attitude, or your “state of mind” shapes your actions. Your actions then create similar feelings in the people you come in contact with. Negative attitudes promote fear and a narrowing of focus and the mind, while positive attitudes create feelings of happiness and comfort.

To put it simply, your attitude creates the way you feel about people and situations. Your actions are a result of your atti...

By: karengray | June 25, 2018

The Harvard Medical School defines gratitude as:

“a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power”

Most of us associate gratitude with saying “thank you” to someone who has helped us or given us a gift. From a scientific perspective, gratitude is not just an action. Gratitude is a positive emotion, which is really important because it serves a purpose.

It has been defined by many people throughout history. As a science that has to have measure effects, positive psychology defines gratitude...

By: karengray | June 03, 2018

What Is Self-Sabotage?

Behavior is self-sabotaging when it creates problems that interfere with your long-standing goals. Self-sabotage can be something that you do, like procrastinate overeat, or self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. It can also manifest in the ways that you act, such as low self esteem and low self-confidence. These behaviors and actions may seem helpful in the moment, but they ultimately undermine us, especially when we engage in them repeatedly.

People aren't always aware of their own self-sabotage, since we rarely see ourselves clearly. Often, if you have self-sabotaging behaviors, you may find yourself wondering why things can’t seem to go your way. You may have asked yourself “Why can’t I get a good job?” or “Why isn’t ...