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Dealing with Stress

Dealing with Stress: A Web-based Educational Series

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Are you stressed?

Agriculture work and rural living can be very stressful. With the long hours, unpredictable factors that affect "success" in agriculture, and dangers that come with the job, the whole family can feel the impact of stress.

What exactly is stress and how is it affecting you? What can you do to cope with stress and keep it at a manageable level? If you have ever asked yourself these questions, this free web-based educational series is for you.

This series makes information about stress easily available to you. This series was developed by the Minnesota Sowing the Seeds of Hope Coalition and various partners, including the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development. The principle author of this series was Dr. Katherine (Kay) M. Slama with Slama Consulting. While it was tailored to those in agriculture, the information contained in these workshops are applicable to anyone who feels stress on a regular basis. Find out more about the development of this series.

This website and related educational resources are meant for educational purposes, not as a substitute for clinical diagnosis and/or treatment.

About the Workshops

This Dealing with Stress series will help you:

  • Understand what stress is.
  • Identify areas of stress in your life and which ones are important for you to change.
  • Build skills and discover tools to manage the physical, emotional, and attitudinal effects of stress.
  • Develop skills to change what you do, how you think, and how you face conflict so that you have less stress in your life.

Start with the first workshop and complete the others on your schedule, when you have time. Each workshop will take 15-25 minutes to complete.

The workshops are easy to use. Each workshop features:

  • An overview of the workshop.
  • Descriptions of the core concepts.
  • Examples that pertain to agricultural life.
  • Questionnaires and worksheets you can use to apply concepts and skills.

There are brief instructions at the beginning of each workshop for navigating through the narrated presentation. Most people find it self-explanatory once they begin.

Start dealing with your stress today. Start with the first workshop and work your way through to the last one. Each workshop builds upon the concepts addressed in the previous ones.

The important thing is that you get the information you need to help you deal with the stress that you have in your life.

You may also be interested in resources for Change: Loss, Opportunity and Resilience dealing with stress, or resources aimed at farm families, people who receive public assistance, or disaster recovery. See other recommended resources for resources beyond Extension.

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