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4 Steps to Managing Stress in Farming and Ranching

Working in agriculture brings its own set of unique experiences and stresses. The Managing Rural Stress Model allows you to use a reflective approach and explore multiple steps in dealing with stress concerns. This publication is part of a series called Managing Stress and Pursuing Wellness in Times of Tight Margins.

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A Parent’s Role in Substance Use Prevention: Tips for Talking to Youth of All Ages

Youth are less likely to use addictive substances if their parents talk early and often about the risks, establish clear rules and consequences, and regularly monitor their activities. Active involvement and support of caring adults are both critical in the prevention of youth substance abuse. Tips for how to start the conversation, integrate positive communication, and respond to children at every age are provided in this publication.

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Adolescent Prescription and Over-the-counter Drug Abuse: The Truth About Abusing Over-the-counter and Prescription Medications

Prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and overdose are growing concerns across the nation and in North Dakota communities. In North Dakota, there has been a 59.7% increase in the number of controlled substance prescriptions dispensed between 2008 and 2015. Staying up-to-date on prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse trends is critical for today's caring adults.

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Bright Beginnings 3: Steps Toward a Healthy Pregnancy for You and Your Baby

It is important to create a healthy environment for an unborn child during the time of pregnancy. Key topics in creating a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby include managing personal health concerns, practicing healthy behaviors, meeting nutrition needs, increasing your knowledge of child development and reducing stress and preparing for the child's birth.

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Essential Elements for Positive Youth Development

Positive youth development is intentional. It is the combination of positive experiences, positive relationships, and positive environments. When youth programs combine these three components, youth are more likely to stay involved and experience the essential elements that serve as the foundation of positive youth development programming. The eight essential elements can be categorized into one of four key concepts: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.

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Family Caregiving: Helpful Resources for Family Caregivers

One of the most important aspects of managing life as a family caregiver is accessing useful resources that can provide needed knowledge and skills. The list of helpful resources below provides information about educational materials and support organizations related to family caregiving. It is not exhaustive but instead provides a beginning point for those involved in family caregiving.

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Family Caregiving: Key Support Resources in Family Caregiving

Support and resources in the caregiving process come in many forms: prayer, talking to family or friends, visits with professionals or assistive equipment. One of the most important aspects of managing life as a caregiver is accessing useful resources that can provide needed knowledge, skills or assistance.

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Family Caregiving: Planning for Care for You or a Loved One

The time to plan for the care needs of yourself, a family member or another you care about is before the person might need it. At the least, planning often can occur before the care needs become more significant. Planning for care involves strategies such as assessing the situation, discussing the big concerns and forming a support or caregiving team.

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Family Caregiving: Tips for Reducing Stress for Family Caregivers

Caregiving provided to aging family members or others in need often is associated with stress and burnout. Although providing direct care to a family member or someone else can result in significant stress, remember that this experience can have positive benefits as well. Consider the rewards and challenges of the caregiving experience honestly.

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Farm Stress Fact Sheet: Stress Symptoms

It is helpful to recognize the early symptoms of stress. These symptoms can include rising blood pressure, rapidly beating heart, clenched teeth, aching neck and shoulders, churning stomach, or excessive fatigue. You and your family can take steps to reduce stress and regain health and self-esteem by noting and managing stress symptoms.

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Farm Stress Fact Sheet: When Generations Farm/Ranch Together

Many benefits can exist when generations in a family farm or ranch together. However, conflicts or challenges may arise that develop into stressful situations. Sharing decisions, asking for what you want, listening well, and resolving conflicts quickly can help to reduce or eliminate stress among generations farming or ranching together.

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Farm Stress Fact Sheets: Farm/Ranch Stress Management Plan

Farm and ranch families experience a variety of additional life stresses, such as uncertain weather conditions or machinery breakdowns. By meeting together and planning ahead, family members can take steps to reduce or eliminate stress. Use this planning guide to create a stress management plan that works for you.

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