We Want to Hear From You

We want to hear from you

Change to Chill works to provide teens and adults alike with resources like audio recordings, videos, activities, school partnership,s and more to stress less and navigate through life changes, both big and small. In these times, we know that there’s a lot of additional uncertainty and fear that exists and we’re here to help.
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Change to Chill by Allina Health in Made in Minnesota Campaign

We know that we have a mental health crisis in our communities. To combat rising stress, anxiety, depression and suicide rates, especially among teens, Allina Health created Change to Chill™ (CTC) to give teens and young adults tools to better manage their stress and mental well-being. CTC helps teens identify causes of stress and offers useful techniques and resources to respond through three components: free, online mental well-being resources; community train-the-trainer sessions; and the CTC School Partnership. Reaching more than 500,000 teens, educators and parents since it launched in 2014, CTC is helping teens learn how to stress less and be well. Read more.

Finding Balance

Finding Balance

2020 has been quite the year. On the one hand, we know that change is inevitable; on the other hand, so much change can leave us feeling stressed, anxious and out of balance.
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Talk It Out Tuesday

Talk It Out Tuesday

It’s normal for us to struggle with our emotions every now and then. Growing up, going to school or work and building relationships can all cause stress, anxiety, and all kinds of feelings.
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Online educational resource for students helps with stress, anxiety

 

Allina Health’s Change to Chill offers students free online tools and techniques to address stress and anxiety. “It helps teens identify how stress personally affects them and gives some ways to build their resiliency and deal with the stress,” said Susan Nygaard, manager of Community Health Improvement, Community Benefit and Engagement with Allina Health. Read more.

We Could All Use a Chill Week

We Could All Use a Chill Week

Let’s face it. The last few months have been tough on all of us in different ways. We could all use a break. This year, Change to Chill is inviting you to join us in celebrating Chill Week from your home or school next week, October 5-9.
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So Long Stigma

So Long Stigma

Stigma is a mark of disgrace that sets an individual or a group apart. It’s a label. A stereotype. A pre-judgment before getting to really know the person and the details of their situation. Stigma leads people to reject, avoid, or fear those they perceive as different. We’ve all seen stigma in action and it’s time to put an end to it.
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Coping with Change

Coping with Change

Just when it starts to feel like we’re establishing routines, life changes. Sometimes it’s planned and sometimes it’s completely unexpected. No matter the change, it takes time to adjust.

Change is inevitable and helps build resilience when we are able to cope in healthy ways. A few weeks ago, we asked teens to share with us how they’re coping with all the changes 2020 has brought.

Watch the video below and listen to their helpful tips to inspire you to make a list of healthy coping skills!

 

Understanding your feelings is a good place to start and can also prove challenging. Use this feelings wheel or other helpful tools on Change to Chill’s new “Living with Grief & Loss” page to help you navigate changes in your life.

Relax. Refresh. Recharge.

Relax. Refresh. Recharge.

Today is the first day of school for many. For others, it’s the transition to a new season. Whatever change you’re experiencing, it’s important to relax, refresh and recharge.

We are all going through something. When we treat ourselves with compassion and take necessary breaks, we build resilience and are more able to treat others with compassion and kindness.

Start today by visiting Change to Chill’s new virtual chill zone!

Visit www.changetochill.org often to stay up-to-date on the latest tools and resources to support your mental well-being.

Living with Grief

During times of uncertainty, unrest and even the changing of seasons, we hear more about grief and loss. But what exactly is grief and what are we allowed and not allowed to grieve?

Grief is the natural response to the loss of something or someone important to you. It can include emotions, physical sensations (heartache is real), and changes in the way you think. It is something everyone inevitably experiences eventually and it is completely unique to individuals and each situation. No two experiences of grief are the same.

Grief is often related to a death, but not always. People grieve loss of health, changing relationships, moving to a different school or home, experiencing trauma, ending an era of life, changing routine, and much more. There are no rules about what is or is not okay to grieve.

Just as each person’s experience with grief is unique, so are the things that help. Here is a list of things that many people find important to do or remember as part of the process.

  1. Be patient with yourself.
  2. Do what you can to keep some normal routine for health and social contact.
  3. Connect with others.
  4. Take the time you need.
  5. Find rituals and activities that support your journey.

Change to Chill has tools and resources to help you restore life balance. Learn more.

Change to Chill is here to support you. Visit www.changetochill.org often to stay up-to-date on the latest tools and resources to support your mental well-being.