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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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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: The Who and What of Family Caregiving

Family caregiving is an activity that occurs across many different settings. Individuals in need of care at particular times may include adult children with special needs, aging parents, a sick family member or a friend. People may need help with transportation to medical appointments, light chores around the home, payment of bills or personal care. No matter the person or the need, the who and the what of family caregiving clearly are important to understand.

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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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Farming and Ranching in Tough Times

Farmers and ranchers experience pressures from many directions. Stresses can pile up and result physical or mental health concerns. Individuals can take steps to reduce stress and improve health by noting and managing stress symptoms. Also, learning to control events, attitudes, and responses will help farmers and ranchers to manage the stresses of tough times.

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FARMING/RANCHING: Stressful Occupations

Farmers and ranchers experience pressure from many directions. While all of us must contend with economic ups and downs or family concerns, families have added uncertainties like weather and commodity prices that directly influence their livelihoods. Farming and ranching can be challenging occupations due to some of the dangers and stress difficulties that occur.

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