Stress is a part of life. However, with COVID-19 being our new normal, along with the recent ongoing struggles for racial justice in the Black community, we have more to be stressed about than ever. Recognizing that you are feeling stressed or may potentially experience stress is important to finding relief. There are no stages to moving through stress. Stress follows no rules. At times you may not realize that the reasons you feel or act as you do are stress-related. When something stresses us out we react emotionally and physically....

Teenagers need time alone.  It is essential to their cognitive and emotional development. However, time alone can be hard to come by when families are staying home and there is little private space. I want to share the story of a teenager I know. James is 17 and serious about his grades because of his family dynamic. He believes the only way to get out of the tiny apartment he shares with his mother and three younger siblings is to graduate and join the military. James has worked with a recruiter for...

One of the great things about being an adult is getting to choose when we want to try new things. Sure, everyone else is watching Mrs. America or Tiger King, but you? You’re going to binge watch all seven seasons of Buffy. For the eighth time. You might temper that with trying a new food for the first time or deciding to find out what squid ink pasta tastes like. Most people with children not only know every word to the song Let It Go, from the movie Frozen, but they...

We’ve all heard the term, but what exactly is mindfulness? How can it really help me?  Mindfulness and relaxation practices have been around for ages, but in recent years have gained attention for their calming effects on people of all ages.  Being mindful is synonymous with staying in the moment and being present.  You might be thinking, “I’ve tried meditating, it doesn’t work for me”, or “there are so many people in my house – how can I possibly practice mindfulness?”  These are all valid statements, and valid thoughts that...

Hopefully you read part 1 of this article and came back for more tips!  Managing stress is personal to all of us… what works for one may not work for another. The tips listed are general suggestions that people have reported helpful in the past.  What helps you manage stress? Leave a comment below to let us know! Replace social distancing with distant socializing Whether you work from home or are still meeting people in person for work, you can still comply with recommendations by staying in touch with loved...

Stress and anxiety are likely a part of your new normal during this pandemic, and it makes sense. Any way you look at it, this is a stressful time. People are losing their jobs, people can’t see their friends/loved ones, food shortages in grocery stores, where there are rising prices and the list goes on. My suggestion isn’t to try and avoid stress (it’s impossible) AND it’s important for us to remember that we get to decide how we RESPOND to the stress/anxiety during this pandemic. Here are some helpful...

CHRIS 180 applauds today’s Supreme Court decision affirming that LGBTQ and transgender people are equal under the law.  Based on Congress’ landmark civil rights bill passed in 1964, the Court recognized that our nation’s anti-discrimination laws apply to all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  This decision helps to relieve the burden placed on so many individuals who experience discrimination because of who they are and who they love.  At CHRIS 180 we know that this is just one step forward in our fight for full equality, and...

The world is completely chaotic right now. Everyday something changes. Abnormal is the new normal and for many of us the uncertainty of it all is making it hard to be optimistic. Yes, even those of us irritatingly happy people have found it hard to remain hopeful at times. I have decided that that’s okay. We all  deserve to have our moment to reflect and feel everything that’s going on. So let’s say you have done that. You have felt the sadness; you’ve given yourself time to grieve and now...

Who would have thought the brutal murders of several black men and women would, after so many years, bring out millions of people to rally for the value of all human life -- especially black lives --and to protest police violence and injustice??  Who would have thought that a virus, invisible to the naked eye, could cause a massive global disruption – taking tens of thousands of lives, throwing people into poverty and homelessness, and wreaking economic destruction? Can good come from all this violence, death and destruction?  How can we...

I am deeply affected by the recent horrible, racist acts that claimed the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and far too many others in the black community. Over the past few days I’ve spent time thinking about what I want to share, from my heart. I want to acknowledge that in this country, we have a long, sordid history of racism, inequity and injustice. What each of us at CHRIS 180 do, and will continue to do, is acknowledge trauma. Racism, inequity and injustice – both the subtle and blatant...