We’re all feeling it.  We’re all thinking it.  How much longer will this be our reality?  What can I possibly plan for today that will feel different than yesterday?  Remaining in our homes for extended periods of time is something we’re all trying to adjust to.  Kids get restless and for adults with kids, it’s probably starting to feel like you are not only in the role of caregiver, but also chef, teacher, housekeeper and overall entertainment concierge (insert deep breath here). That pressure and constant feeling of having to...

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted many families into a work-from-home model almost overnight and it’s been that way for over two months. This unexpected event for which we were unprepared has created stress in many homes. Parents are seeking a solution to being with their children 24 hours a day while trying to maintain a productive work schedule. There is no perfect solution, but there are simple ways to minimize frustrations and maximize productivity. If you are struggling with productivity, these tips might help! Set a Schedule Having a clear and structured...

The COVID-19 crisis has been marked by a relentless and sometimes unreliable exposure to news. We are living in the presence of uncertainty, without a sense of direction for recovery. We say “I don’t know” more than not, yet we want to discuss this time of our lives. Most of us feel a heightened sense of anxiety and are frightened about the state of the world and our personal and family safety. It is human nature, when in the presence of such unknowns and without good solution-focused direction, to resort to...

Time is an interesting thing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just ask Spiderman. Days run together,we’re trying to keep our anxiety in check,many things are at a standstill,we’re dedicating time to making sure our basic needs are metand we have extra jobs, like teacher and TikTok star. We have memes and others on social media telling us what we should be doing. If it has never been easier to save lives, then how come some of us are having a hard time with it? If there are so many things we...

COVID-19 has become a thing. It has permeated our daily lives. It has become a driving force in our decision making, our work life, school life, social life and even our home life. Most of us can’t remember the first time we heard the terms, COVID-19 or novel coronavirus. Perhaps we recall being intrigued by what was happening overseas or we remember the compassion we felt for the people who were impacted. Now, WE are those people. Our friends, family members, co-workers and extended networks are all affected by COVID-19....

Why? Why did this have to happen? Why me? When we don’t have answers to impossible situations, a human response is to cry out, “why?” Why did my dad get COVID-19?  Why can’t I see my parents trapped in a nursing home? Why? And when we don’t have an answer to “why,” we often will make up an answer – blaming ourselves, others or the Divine.  Perhaps that is a way we can experience some semblance of control when we feel scared and helpless. We might think some of the following thoughts: “I had a fight with...

Welcome to the CHRIS 180 blog! We are glad that you are here and hope that hearing from our clinical experts and talented staff will be helpful to you as you navigate through this difficult time. If we can name our difficulties, we can manage them. Our community is experiencing a collective trauma and CHRIS 180 is here to help. It is important to acknowledge what we are going through, and through this blog, we hope to provide insight and practical tips to help you face challenges in your life. -...

Over the past few weeks, ‘social distancing’ has become a phrase most of us use several times each day. And while some of you may have found it easy to translate to a different kind of life while quarantined, others are living alone or are far from family and friends. Distance and the inability to go out can create loneliness. The idea of “a new normal” during a global pandemic can be helpful. People can use their creativity to adapt to these necessary changes. Acceptance of necessary changes and expectancy...

In times of uncertainty and discomfort, it’s important that we depend on our routine and structure more than ever for self-regulation. You may ask, what is self-regulation?  Self-regulation refers to our feelings, our energy level and our ability to send and receive information. Think of a time when you’re relaxing outside, listening to the birds, and feeling the sun on your skin compared to when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic and someone just cut you off.  There is a difference in your energy, your feelings, your ability to send...

During this collective traumatic experience, we are all doing the best we can to manage, respond, and survive the crisis of pandemic. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption of our daily lives and routines, many of us are spending more time in the role of caregiver.  As we face stress and overwhelming feelings, we may find our self-talk moving towards criticism or doubt more than ever. We are human beings and we cannot be perfect.  One of the best things we can do for those that we care...