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If you are stressed at work, here are some tips to help relieve that stress. Let’s face it. We are living in challenging times. Turn on the evening news; chances
are you will see at least one story related to the job market. There has been a steady
decrease in the number of available workers over the past two years. Job burnout could
be the reason.
Most people will experience a bad day at work occasionally. Long hours, standing on
your feet, lost clients, or office politics can cause stress to build up. When chronic
stress, exhaustion, and negativity toward your job continues to be of concern and
doesn’t go away it can have a major impact on your overall health.
Some jobs typically have high stress – health care professionals including nurses,
first responders, doctors, and teachers are examples. However, any high-stress job
with a hectic pace, long hours, or a hostile work environment can cause burnout. Always
being connected to your job through email, text, and social media can contribute to
Listen to your body. If you are experiencing any of these signs, talk to your healthcare
professional. Too much stress can be the cause of many health-related issues including
heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
These techniques are great for both mild and severe stress.
More and more research is being done on the connection of stress and overall health.
Learning to cope with stress is a learned skill. It takes practice and time. Stress
that doesn’t go away needs to be addressed by a health-care professional.
The Cooperative Extension Service has a great tool to help you learn how to deal with
stress. Contact the Howard County Extension Office at 870-845-7517 or visit our office
located on the second floor of the courthouse and ask for the publication, “Managing Stress”. It is free of charge!
Meatloaf is considered a “comfort food”. This recipe is a healthier version of a family
favorite. It has only 174 calories per serving, is low in fat, and high in protein.
1-pound lean ground beef or turkey
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
½ onion, finely diced
½ cup grated carrots
½ cup green bell peppers, finely diced
½ cup dry quick-cooking oats
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon brown sugar
¼ cup ketchup
Preheat oven to 350⁰F.
Spray a 9x13-inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Heat a skillet on the stove on medium-high heat.
Add the oil, onions, carrots and bell peppers, and cook until the vegetables soften,
about 3-5 minutes.
In a large bowl, gently mix the ground beef, onion, carrots, bell peppers, oats,
egg, pepper, salt, Italian seasoning and tomato paste.
Form the mixture into a loaf about 8x4-inches long.
Place in prepared casserole dish. Bake for 50 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix ketchup and brown sugar to make a sauce.
Remove meatloaf from oven and spread sauce over top.
Return to oven and bake 10 more minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 165⁰F.
Yield: 6 servings
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com