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...

I am new to the CHRIS 180 family, having worked for some time at the now closed Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, I now work at the CHRIS Counseling Center – DeKalb. The counseling center has been in my life since I came to Atlanta for seminary and hospital chaplaincy training at Grady Memorial Hospital. As a clergy person, I spend time leading worship services and funerals. Believing strongly that what we do is deeply spiritual, which is always better done than spoken, it is my privilege to share our...

The month of April was difficult for me, both as a human living in the age of a global pandemic, and as a bereaved daughter. April 13, 2020 marked what would have been my mother’s 70th birthday. We lost her suddenly just over four years ago. This was the first year that I did not feel moved to memorialize her on social media as a reminder to the world that she had once graced us with her larger-than-life presence, only to slip away from us quietly in the night. In the...

“I’m getting really tired of being alone,” a friend said, tears flowing down her face. “I’m angry I don’t get to have my graduation ceremony,” a high school student confided. “I’m disappointed we can’t go on the cruise we’ve looked forward to for a year,” someone lamented on a telephone call. What is unusual yet common about these comments? They all focus on feelings…It is as if the horrific death toll juxtaposed with awe-inspiring stories of everyday heroes who live and die serving us all has ignited a volcano of emotions. Our feelings are...