Motherhood & The Madness Of Multitasking In The Time Of COVID

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By: Samantha Ruda, Mental Health Counselor https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/samantha-ruda-wauconda-il/775502 Around noon on Monday August 24th 2020, my Fitbit kindly informed me that I had taken 10,000 steps without even leaving my property!  Now, you may be wondering what crazy at-home core dance booty-busting workout program I had done that morning that had led to such an achievement, […]

How to Live Mindfully in a Global Pandemic

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How are you doing mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, personally & professionally navigating though these unprecedented challenging times?  In the blink of an eye, life as we know it has changed dramatically the past few weeks as a global virus has required us to adjust our lives in so many different ways.  From constant hand […]

Exercise To The Rescue

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One of the most holistic solutions within our control for managing & reducing depression & anxiety is exercise.  A new study published in a recent Forbes article states “…research analysis suggests that moderate aerobic exercise may be one of the most effective approaches available for treating major depression.  It’s the latest in a convincing docket of research showing […]

The Brain & Stress

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The prefrontal cortex area of our brain processes risk and emotional response and is the most sensitive part of the brain to the detrimental effects of chronic stress. A recent Yale study finds that improving coping skills to help manage stress more effectively can be built by strengthening the brain’s physiological response – and that can be […]

Live Life Today

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Living in the present moment of life – moment to moment awareness; noticing vs judging; responding vs reacting – are basic tenets of Mindfulness, which is a purposeful way of living that can foster many positive health benefits with regular practice. The only thing we ever truly have is this very moment right now.  A lot of […]

How We Process Sadness

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A basic tenet of Mindfulness is that we can become aware of and respond to intense emotion in different ways.  The way in which we attend to our thoughts & feelings when experiencing a life event shapes our reality – it is not what happens to us that makes us who we are, but rather […]

Calming Anxious Thoughts

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Our mind is the most powerful tool in our bodies.  How and what we think influences how we feel which directs how we behave. Racing thoughts – thinking about things over and over, ruminating and worrying – is a symptom of anxiety and can lead to overwhelming emotions and difficulty attending to daily life in […]

Mindful Monday

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Good Mindful Monday all – At Foundations Counseling we specialize in helping people manage stress and anxiety, and the psychological concept of Mindfulness is a key concept we utilize and teach to achieve that goal. One of the greatest things we can do for children is to provide them with tools and strategies to build […]