[Shakopee Valley News, Jan. 28, 2017] During homeroom, Jennie Diep-Nguyen, 16, said she would normally be on her phone or catching up on homework. Either way, she would be stressed. Instead, Diep-Nguyen spent a recent Friday homeroom before lunch laughing with two friends and pouring gold glitter into a small bottle of water.
The three Shakopee High School juniors were making “calming jars” they could shake when stressed out. While the glitter settles they are suppose to work on calming breathing techniques.
This was just one of five sessions about de-stressing seniors Betsy Berens, Sarah Gentrup, Makenzie Johnson and Mikayla Thompson organized in the fall as part of the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program.
“We got to pick from different options and I just felt like we all connected most with what Change to Chill had to offer with stress management,” Berens said.
Change to Chill is a free, online resource for teenagers that explains stress and provides activities on deep-breathing, mindfulness and life balance. It was created by Allina Health, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit health system that runs hospitals, including St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, and clinics and other resources throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
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