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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – A student comes into a classroom and the teacher immediately announces
there is a surprise test. An employee finds out the project on which she has been
working is due this week instead of next week. A husband walks into the room and
tells his family they will be moving to another state in one month. The air conditioner
breaks down in the middle of summer. In life, stuff happens! Everyone has to deal
with stress in some form or fashion. With each new day comes a different set of circumstances.
How a person reacts to and copes with these circumstances is very important. Each
of the situations mentioned have the potential to cause great stress in someone’s
life. Some people will react strongly, with fear, anxiety or resentment. Others
just take these situations in stride.
Many events that cause stress are caused by the person themselves. Waiting until
the last minute to do something, not studying enough for a test, running late, or
forgetting an important deadline are things a person can control. Sometimes the event
that causes stress is something that cannot be controlled—a flat tire, broken appliances,
a natural disaster, or death of a loved one. Stress is not defined by the event itself;
stress is the way a person reacts to the event.
People deal with stress in one of two ways. They have healthy reactions, and
they have unhealthy reactions. Problems come with the unhealthy reactions. Examples
of unhealthy ways of reacting to stress include fighting, yelling at someone, being
rude or short tempered, withdrawing from friends or family, abusing drugs or alcohol,
becoming depressed, and sometimes even suicide.
Since stress is the body’s reaction to circumstances and change, it is important
to learn how to cope with situations in a healthy way. The following list includes
some ways of dealing with stress and help create a more healthy response to not-so-pleasant
10. Expect the unexpected. Some things happen that are beyond our control and we
just have to cope with them as they happen.
Health and lifestyle benefits come from learning to positively deal with stress:
fewer physical symptoms like headache and back pain, fewer emotional responses such
as anger and frustration, more energy to face the day, improved concentration, greater
ability to handle problems, and becoming more efficient in daily activities. Reactions
to circumstances are formed in the mind. Reactions are choices. Today, choose to
react in a positive manner.
For more information about meetings, Garland County 4-H Club membership or program
benefits, contact the Garland County Cooperative Extension office located at 236 Woodbine
in Hot Springs, or call 501-623-6841 or 922-4703. You may also contact Linda Bates
at email@example.com. Additional information is available at our website: www.uaex.uada.edu/garland.
Master Gardener Information
Master Gardener meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Elks Lodge. They’re open to the public and guests
are always welcome. For more information call the Extension Office at 623-6841 or
922-4703 or email Allen Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Are you interested in joining an existing Extension Homemakers Club? EHC is the largest
volunteer organization in the state. For information on EHC contact Jessica Vincent
on 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email her at email@example.com.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative
By Linda Bates County Extension Agent - 4-HThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Linda Bates County Extension Agent - 4-H
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
236 Woodbine Hot Springs AR 71901
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to
participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension
office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible
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