By: karengray | March 26, 2019

The daily grind of projects, deadlines and pressures at work can be stressful. 

Work-related stress is a growing problem that affects the health and well-being of employees, and also the productivity of organisations. Work-related stress occurs where the various types and combinations of responsibilities and demands exceed a person’s level of control and ability to cope.

The stresses of a policeman or high school teacher working in a busy city are quite different than those experienced by their counterparts in rural towns. It’s important to keep this in mind when thinking about the stress of teachers, police personnel, physicians, and other occupations. Stress levels can vary widely even in identical situations for different reasons. It’...

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 09, 2018

“Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety.”

~  Rose Kennedy

What is Stress?

Stress is the body’s reaction to a challenge. Though stress is often perceived as bad, it can actually be good in many ways. The right kind of stress can sharpen the mind and reflexes. It might be able to help the body perform better, or help you escape a dangerous situation.

Stress produces a physiological reaction in your body. When a stressful event is perceived, the subconscious mind directs the release of certain hormones, which results in a physical reaction. These reactions can include slowed digestion, shaking, tunnel vision, faster breathing and heart rate, dilation of pupils, and flushed skin. This process is often re...

By: karengray | March 20, 2018

“Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you're doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.” ~ Joel Osteen

It is true. All you have to do is sign into Facebook and you are met with a newsfeed that is filled with people who are Angry, Outraged, and Upset about This, and That, and Those People. They tell us all about how the Offenders must be Lazy, or Ignorant, or Somehow Less than Everyone Else.

But now imagine what it would be like if each of those Facebook posts were written from the perspective of the “Other Guy.”

You know, the One who never goes to school functions - not because...

By: karengray | September 01, 2017

Self–Care Awareness Month in September is a time to remind us that taking care of ourselves, first and foremost, is essential. Self-care is often neglected in our everyday lives. We all tend to put others needs before our own and it is crucial to remember, that we cannot fill another’s cup from our own empty vessel. While getting a massage or taking a walk are beautiful examples of taking time for our well-being, self-care can be more expansive than that.

Self-care knows no boundaries. It is something that everyone, without any exclusions, can benefit from practicing on a daily basis. True self-care is not self-centered nor selfish; it is simply keeping yourself the focus of your own life. It’s about paying attention to how you feel in each ...