If this year has taught me anything, it is that there is a lot of stuff I cannot change. That realization has brought on frequent feelings of powerlessness, helplessness and frustration. It has also sometimes brought about anger, sadness and a downright desire to just throw my hands up in the air and say, “forget it all!” 2020: The Year of Uncertainty For most of us, this year has brought with it an onslaught of new stressors that could be enough to take the most positive, happy, successful, highly functioning person and...

This holiday season many of us may be feeling anxious about what celebrations will look like going forward. Will I be able to see my loved ones? Can I afford the gifts my kids have been begging me for every day? How can I find ways to celebrate in the face of so much uncertainty? During times like these, it can be hard to find any balance at all. That’s why participating in Giving Tuesday is so important this year. What is Giving Tuesday? Held on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving...

“A child is not looking for a perfect parent, but to feel loved and understood.  We are blessed to be a step along the journey in the growth of a new family” -Emily Thompson, VP of Community Programs CHRIS 180 Happy National Adoption Month! While the month of November is dedicated to bringing awareness to the need to have more foster and adoptive parents, CHRIS 180’s Adoptions and Foster Care team works each day to empower people to impact the lives of children in care. At CHRIS 180 we provide therapeutic foster...

In a typical year, the holidays mean spending time and celebrating with family and loved ones. At CHRIS 180, we love getting to celebrate the season with volunteers, staff, donors, and the clients we serve. But just like everything else in 2020, the holidays will look different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve had to cancel and rethink many events we usually host in order to keep our youth and staff safe. Despite changes and safety concerns, CHRIS 180 will still work to make sure each youth in our foster homes and all the clients that we serve have...

Many women can often feel like we have the world on our shoulders. We often carry not only our stress but the stress of our loved ones and those closest to us. Often, women can feel isolated, unsupported, and even depressed because of various challenges. Over time, women often become desensitized to these feelings as we accept this as the norm as opposed to true clinical depression or anxiety. Below are some common symptoms of depression and anxiety. Feelings of emptiness, hopelessness, sadness, or suicidal thoughts or attempts Irritability, anxiousness,...

If summer is your favorite time of year and you dread the upcoming winter – you may want to stop reading here -- or you might want to read on for hope.  Slowly, gradually, the sunny days of summer (despite the COVID-19 pandemic) are fading into the vicissitudes of autumn. Gradually, the shades of lime green, forest green, spring green and emerald green, fern and shamrock green in the canopy of leaves above are transforming.  The leaves look increasingly yellow and golden in the sunlight, with splotches of red and orange. ...

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...