Chill Chat

Let’s chat! Have a teen-related question – or just want to share some insight – about stress, anxiety or balancing life in general? If so, now’s your chance to speak up. Join Allina Health clinical psychologist, Dr. Lisa Herman, to virtually chat about different situations that may be causing you to be stressed. You’re not alone. Share your comments, ideas and stories to help others like you, stress less!

January 24, 2018

Spring Break Fever

Spring Break is right around the corner and some of your friends get to go on vacation. But, not everyone can or will get away. What is it like to see others on social media posting about their glorious sunny getaways when you are here with the cold and snow? How do you handle FOMO?

Your Responses

  1. Is there anyway I can stop or slow down having my panic attacks?

    Posted on April 23, 2018 @ 12:16 pm by Kristina
    • Dr. Herman replies...

      Hi Kristina, panic attacks are so scary and exhausting! The positive is that anxiety, including panic, is treatable. Being aware of your anxiety elevations is step 1. Prevention is key, so if you notice yourself getting more anxious, stop what you’re doing and attend to it by engaging in deep breathing, mindfulness or guided imagery. Check out the webpage HERE for more tips https://www.changetochill.org/how-can-i/use-guided-imagery/

      If you are in a panic and had no time to prevent it, go with it! Your body has a lot of energy it’s trying to release. Jump up and down, go for a run, do jumping jacks… These physical activities can often reset your fear center in your brain telling it you’re ok! If you need more help, please tell an adult and seek therapy.

      Posted on April 23, 2018 @ 9:54 pm
  2. I am going to Florida for spring break but have so much to do! I am stressed about how I am going to get it done before the break.

    Posted on March 16, 2018 @ 12:52 pm by Erin
    • Dr. Herman replies...

      Hi Erin,
      Taking a vacation is so much fun and a great time to de-stress! But getting everything done in order to go on vacation can really increase stress! Make yourself a schedule, write it down and conquer a little bit each day. Know that you will get it done, it’s the “How” that matters. Take a look at our video catalog HERE for some great ideas on de-stressing!

      Posted on March 18, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
  3. It makes me so stressed I just stay busy by making plans.

    Posted on February 06, 2018 @ 6:49 pm by Candyce
    • Dr. Herman replies...

      Hi Candyce, Staying busy and making your own plans is a great way to stay stress free! Check out our latest resource on stressing less with our Action Guide HERE!

      Posted on February 06, 2018 @ 10:26 pm
    • thanks

      Posted on February 07, 2018 @ 5:53 am by candyce
    • Dr. Herman replies...

      You are welcome!

      Posted on May 22, 2018 @ 8:32 pm
  4. I totally wish I was going somewhere warm for spring break. Their pix make me so jealous. Maybe next I can go and then I’ll post away!

    Posted on January 30, 2018 @ 11:56 am by Jenna
    • Dr. Herman replies...

      Thanks Jenna, Seeing all the pictures can certainly add to our stress and feeling of “FOMO” – remember you don’t need to be somewhere new or tropical to share your spring break fun with those you care about!

      Posted on February 06, 2018 @ 10:31 pm

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The Change to Chill™ Chat Q&A is presented for information only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice. Please always consult a trained mental health professional before making any decision regarding treatment of yourself or others. If you are in need of help, please contact a crisis clinic or a qualified mental health care provider.

Lisa Herman, LP, PsyD

I am a doctor of psychology and licensed psychologist, specializing in child and teen psychology, and a consultant for a grant-funded substance abuse program at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry.

Best part of my work: The moment(s) when a patient realizes that they made progress!

Why I became a ­­­­­­psychologist: I always found myself glued to the TV when the psychologist was on a talk show. Helping others has been a passion for me since I was in high school.

What I tell my friends and family: Focus on “what is” and find the positive in any situation.

What patients say about me: I smile a lot and that people feel comfortable opening up during therapy.