Respond vs. React To Life

Life is a gift that comes with challenges.  In order to be as healthy, happy and fulfilled as we would like to be, it is important to learn how to respond vs. react to the difficulties that life inevitably will bring.

Life is not about what happens to us, but rather it is about how we respond (or sometimes react) to what has happened.  Take a look at this article for 8 tips on how to address the challenges of life in a healthier way:  http: http://tinybuddha.com/blog/8-guidelines-to-get-through-challenging-times/

 

Thankful Tuesday

It’s #Thankful Tuesday at Foundations Counseling!

There are incredible health benefits derived from being grateful and thankful for what we have.  Life isn’t perfect and it is filled with ups and downs, but expressing gratitude for the things we are most thankful for, even when life is difficult, can really help to improve the quality of our health and life.

Foundations Counseling is grateful for all of you today!  What is it that YOU are most grateful for?

http://http://www.webmd.com/women/features/gratitute-health-boost

Out Came The Sun

Oscar nominated actress Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of famous writer Earnest Hemingway, released a book today called ‘Out Came The Sun’ that tells her story about growing up in a family with history for mental illness, suicide and addiction http://newsok.com/mariel-hemingway-shares-story-at-oklahoma-city-event-releases-new-memoirs-today/article/5408141

Mariel says sharing her story with others has been very helpful to her in the process of healing, learning and growing from some of the painful experiences she and her family went through.

Foundations counselor Lori Corrigan had the opportunity to meet Ms. Hemingway at last month’s American Counseling Association’s annual conference where Mariel was keynote speaker.
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At Foundations we agree that telling your story can be a powerful way to bring about peace, acceptance, awareness and hope to your life and the lives of others.

Live Your Best Life

The only thing we can control in life is us. It is not what happens to us, per se, that shapes the very fabric of our lives, it is the way we respond, or in some cases react, to what has happened.

Life is a gift filled with wonder and opportunity, but with the gift of life also comes challenges.

That being said, there are many things we can do as individuals to lead healthier, happier lives. At the top of that list, is good self care including regular exercise, healthy nutrition and learning to live in the present moment of life verses focusing on the past or the future.

Take a look at this article for 22 ways you can start living your best life, or call us at 847-497-0524 for a free phone consultation to learn more about how Foundations Counseling can help you live your best life.
22 Things To Start Doing Now That Will Improve The Rest Of Your Life

Mindfulness for Anxiety & Stress Reduction

Mindfulness is a psychological concept that is clinically proven to help decrease stress/anxiety and increase mental focus.

While Mindfulness has been around for hundreds of years, it is getting a lot of attention in the media these days as more people and organizations are utilizing mindful living skills to live healthier happier lives.

Anderson Cooper reports on a recent ’60 Minutes’ about his positive experience learning about Mindfulness.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2014/12/14/60-minutes-explores-the-rise-of-mindfulness-meditation-and-how-it-can-change-the-brain/

Be Happy

What are you doing to bring happiness to your life?

10 Risks Happy People Take Every Day http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/10/20/10-risks-happy-people-take-every-day/

Live Mindfully & Feel Better

Mindfulness Basics Mindfulness is a psychological concept that is clinically proven to help increase mental focus, reduce stress & anxiety, strengthen social-emotional functioning and enhance overall health and well-being.

Mindfulness is about noticing and responding to life in a very specific way – living in the present moment of life, responding vs. reacting and noticing vs. judging.

Practicing mindfulness on a daily basis, or living mindfully, can help you to feel better and live a healthier, happier, more fulfilled life.

For more information about mindfulness and how to get started, visit this link by Mindful.org – http://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-practice/mindfulness-the-basics.