The Power of Staying Focused

This spring isn’t going how anyone planned. Most of us are having to take life one day at a time more than ever before. Staying focused on “regular life” things like school, friendships, future plans and basic self-care can be really hard when nothing feels regular.

Fortunately, there are many tools and strategies available through Change to Chill that you can use to help you keep on track. Here are some places to start:
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Maintaining an Athletic Mindset During Covid-19

If you’re an athlete trying to keep up your skills as well as manage feelings of disappointment and uncertainty about when you’ll get back to your sport, you’re not alone. Sporting types from Olympians to aspiring tee-ball stars have seen their seasons upended recently. Even the options for practicing and conditioning have dramatically changed due to the coronavirus. It can be hard not to get frustrated and angry.
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Managing Stress During COVID-19: An Interview with WCCO-TC

Change to Chill’s very own Susan Nygaard was featured on WCCO-TC in an interview with anchor Liz Collin about managing the stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss the ways stress can disrupt our lives both physically and mentally—plus how understanding the cause of stress can help us begin to manage it. 
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Coronavirus isolation: Ten lessons to help kids cope








With coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing recommendations in place for the near future, all of us are learning how to manage the change in routines, coupled with feelings of uncertainty and fear. Learn more from the Healthy Set Go blog by Allina Health.

Change to Chill Training Sessions Making an Impact on Teenage Stress Management

In communities across Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, positive role models are learning how to help teens recognize and cope with the stress in their lives. Change to Chill has been at the forefront of this growing effort, as our team has been busy providing training sessions for community members. Our attendees are interested in learning about the strategies and resources they can use to help their students, youth program members, relatives and other teens take a more mindful approach to teenage stress management.

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Making a Positive Impact in St. Louis Park High School

We’ve recently partnered with St. Louis Park High School, providing them with resources to help them create a Chill Zone and other tools to improve student well-being. Take a look at how St. Louis Park High School is using our grant for their Natural Helpers Program, a new chill zone, and the implementation of their Change to Chill week!

University of MN YMCA Partners with Change to Chill

The University of Minnesota YMCA has partnered with Change to Chill through a YMCA of the USA grant to help support student mental well-being on campus. The YMCA has used the grant to create a place where students can go and destress. They’re even using a mobile chill zone to help students stress less this school year!
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Students Created Their Own Chill Zone at Burnsville HS — See How You Can Too

Burnsville High School senior Katie Fritz had felt increasingly overwhelmed and stressed when she took on an after-school job during her junior year. As balancing classwork, a new job and extracurriculars became overwhelming, she knew she needed a change.
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Minnesota Students Report Increased Mental Health Issues

The recent Minnesota Student Survey was released and shows an increase in students struggling with mental health issues. The anonymous state-wide survey sheds light on the increasing number of children and teens suffering from long-term mental health, behavior and emotional problems.
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KDWA radio talks with Change to Chill

As the 2019-2020 school year gets underway, KDWA radio station in Hastings, MN talked with Change to Chill about the School Partnership program. Hastings High School is one of sixteen high schools working with Change to Chill this school year through the Change to Chill School Partnership program to promote mental well-being and a culture of support and resiliency through student leadership this year.

Listen to the interview here!