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Dealing with stress

Stress can affect every part of your life. These resources are here to help.

Stress Basics

What is stress? — Review types of stress, sources of stress, and tips for managing stress.

Controlling stress — Get tips for taking care of yourself and knowing when to seek help. Part of the Getting through tough times series. English | español

Using What You Have to Get What You WantIowa State University Extension — Reduce stress and manage your resources by making six types of decisions: setting priorities, dealing with unexpected events, assessing resources, planning, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the outcomes. Available in English and Spanish.

Four strategies for preventing or reducing stress — Learn strategies to help you deal with stress.

Identifying sources of support and friendship — Identify your support system to help get you through a crisis. Part of the Getting through tough times series.

Communicating under pressure — During stressful times, it is easy to experience misunderstandings that sometimes result in adding more stress to the situation. Part of the Getting through tough times series.

Grief and crisis decisions — Emotions tend to be strong after a stressful event or disaster. Know that this is normal.

Sad or depressed? Know the difference — Get to know the signs in determining if you are depressed and/or would benefit from professional help.

When does alcohol or drug use become an abuse? — Many people turn to alcohol or drugs when they are sad. Use this tool to get clarity on the situation and determine if you need help.

Online Courses

Dealing with stress: A Web-based Educational Series — Online workshops help you identify and battle the stress. For those in agriculture or anyone experiencing stress.

Change: Loss, Opportunity and Resilience — How to cope with change and possibly see change as an opportunity. Includes a booklet and a free one-hour online course.

Staying Resilient in Times of Change — This free online course gives you tools to view change as an opportunity and to bounce back from unexpected changes.

Stress and Families

Parental Stress — Understand the interacting factors in family stress and the effects of stress on parents.

Family problem solving — Successful social decisions bring people closer together and improve future communication.

Helping Children Cope — Family communication and coping skills have a great impact on how your family deals with tough times. Part of the Getting through tough times series.

Helping Children Manage StressIowa State University Extension — Tips to help children learn ways to handle new or frustrating situations and manage stress. Part of the Stress: Taking Charge series.

Growing Up Resilient Webinar — Discusses what resilience is and how we can build resilience in children.

Stress Management and TeensAmerican Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry¬†—¬†Review common sources of stress for teens and get tips that parents and teens can used to decrease stress in their lives.

Common Stresses for Parents of TeensIowa State University Extension — Find ways to manage new conflicts and stressors that develop as the parent-child relationship changes during the teen years. Part of the Stress: Taking Charge series.

Managing Stress in Young FamiliesIowa State University Extension — Find tips to manage time and money, resolve conflicts, plan food at home, and eat well. Part of the Stress: Taking Charge series.

Managing Stress in Midlife FamiliesIowa State University Extension — Find tips to manage when responsibilities for both older family members and your adult children "sandwich" you in and jeopardize your own mental and physical health. Part of the Stress: Taking Charge series.

Managing Stress in Later Life FamiliesIowa State University Extension — As your family grows older, new stresses can occur. This publication addresses changing relationships with your spouse, adult children, and grandchildren; managing resources; and dealing with grief and loss. Part of the Stress: Taking Charge series.

Helping Others Cope

Helping Friends in Trouble: Stress, Depression, and Suicide — We all feel overwhelmed at times. It's important to think about how to help yourself as well as a friend who comes to you.

Encouraging a Friend to Seek Professional HelpIowa State University Extension — Loss, grief, or depression can immobilize a person, making it hard for the individual to look realistically at a situation or to take action.

How to Help "When You Don’t Know What to Say"Iowa State University Extension — When a friend or relative experiences trouble, you may not know what to say or how to help; these tips can help in this situation.

Related resources

Coping with stress — Get tips for coping with your own stress following a disaster, and helping loved ones do the same.

Emotional and social changes — You may experience a range of emotions throughout a family transition. Likewise, you may discover that your social network has changed dramatically during the process. Find self-assessments and information to help you stay strong during this time of change.

Stress Symptoms, Signs, and CausesHELPGUIDE.ORG — Provides an overview of stress including signs, symptoms, causes, and effects.

The Road to ResilienceAPA Help Center, American Psychological Association — Online brochure that describes resilience and some factors that affect how people deal with hardship.

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