By: karengray | February 26, 2019

I became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the summer of 2001. After completing my certification, I started working with my town’s ambulance service. I lived in a small town in rural Vermont, and the ambulance calls were rarely anything like you see on TV or hear about from larger cities, but we certainly kept busy.

 

Most of our calls were to the local ski area, and the nursing homes, and the occasional car accident. Most of them were pretty non-eventful and I don’t remember them. But some of them were really bad and those did have a lasting negative effect.

 

I started “dealing” with the emotional toll like a lot of my peers, I went out after the call was over and drank. In other words, I didn’t deal with it at all. The stre...

Category: PTSD 

Tags: self care, stress, anxiety 

By: karengray | November 26, 2018

For many of us, the Holiday Season means family, friends, caroling, gathering, feasting, and parities, shopping and gifts. And for many of us the Holiday Season also means stress, anxiety, and fears.


We could talk about the ways and reasons that we get stressed out preparing to impress family and friends with a holiday feast, and we could discuss the emotional traumas that resurface when we think about facing family that we might otherwise avoid, and we could even talk about whether it is the winter driving or that we have to fly across the country that sends us into a panic attack.


And yes, we could talk about how people tend to fall back into bad habits this time of year, giving in to cravings, indulging a little more in the alcohol, and ho...

By: karengray | May 14, 2018

For the last two years, I have been helping people to get control over their weight by empowering then to choose the right foods, eliminate cravings, and have the natural motivation to move their bodies more. Moving more can be a challenge, especially when it seems like we just don’t have the motivation or energy to do anything else with our day.


I understand how difficult it can seem to move more during the day. My office is small. It is a single room, large enough for a couple bookcases, my desk, and a very comfortable leather recliner (where “the Magic” happens!). Most of my time in my office is spent sitting, either at my desk, or in my task chair, where I sit and hypnotize my clients. There just isn’t a whole lot of opportunity to strol...

By: karengray | May 07, 2018

Do you struggle to get to sleep no matter how tired you are? Or do you wake up in the middle of the night and lie awake for hours, anxiously watching the clock? If so, you’re in good company. Insomnia is a very common problem that takes a toll on your energy, mood, and ability to function during the day.


Chronic insomnia can even contribute to serious health problems. But you don’t have to resign yourself to sleepless nights. By addressing the underlying causes and making simple changes to your daily habits and sleep environment—you can put a stop to the frustration of insomnia and finally get a good night’s sleep.


Insomnia is a sleep disorder that regularly affects millions of people worldwide. People who have insomnia find it difficult to f...

By: karengray | October 24, 2017


“Buttercup dried her tears and began to smile. She took a deep breath, heaved a sigh. It was all part of growing up. You got these little quick passions, you blinked, and they were gone. You forgave faults, found perfection, fell madly; then the next day the sun came up and it was over. Chalk it up to experience, old girl, and get on with the morning.” ― William Goldman, The Princess Bride

When my oldest was young, he would get terrible pains in his legs every few months, and sometimes every few weeks. He would come to me with a frustrated look on his face and tears in his beautiful blue eyes and tell me that it felt like someone was breaking his legs. I would sit with him, with his legs in my lap and a heating pad over h...