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Dealing with stress

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Four strategies for preventing or reducing stress

Wendy Rubinyi, Instructional Design Specialist — Independent Contractor; Minnell L. Tralle, Extension Educator — Family Resiliency; and Heather M. Lee, Project Manager — Extension Center for Family Development

January 2012

While stress is a normal part of life, extended periods of stress can be damaging. Experts frequently describe four types of strategies that can help or reduce stress.

Take Care of Yourself

Here are some simple things you can do to take care of yourself.

Talk It Out

For many, talking through the issue(s) can work wonders at reducing stress levels. Here are some suggestions.

Develop Good Lifestyle Habits

It can be hard to develop good habits when you feel your life is falling apart at the seams! These tips can help you get started.

Develop a Support System

Having adequate positive support is extremely important for your well-being. Follow these suggestions to strengthen your own social support network.


American Psychological Association. (n.d). Stress tip sheet.

Mayo Clinic. (2013). Stress relievers: Tips to tame stress.

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