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Nashville, Ark. – We live in a society of change and it is happening faster and faster.
Just think about technology. Buy the latest version of a cell phone and just as you
have figured out all the bells and whistles, the next version is out on the market.
Families change too, sometimes at a pace faster than you like. It could be you are
sending your last child off to Kindergarten or your first child off to college. It
may be that one of your children is getting married and moving away to another town
or state miles away, or you may be adding to your family through the birth of a child.
It could be the loss of a family member or family separation. Change may be a move
to a new job, city and school. Whatever the change, you will have to adapt and sometimes
that can be very difficult to do. Here are some tips to help you adapt to change.
• Attitude. Look at change as an adventure, rather than as a victim. People who adapt the victim
role lose energy, creativity, become negative, and lose stamina all of which are needed
in order to deal with change. People who look at change with the adventure attitude
usually have high energy, excitement and an opportunity to learn or try something
• Rituals and Routines. When your family is going through change, try to keep as much the same as possible.
Rituals and routines give a sense of continuity and security no matter what changes
we are going through.
• Communication. The more you can keep the lines of communication open between family members the
better it will be for those involved to adapt to the change.
• Self Care. Taking care of yourself through eating right and exercise is always important, but
more so during times of change. Remember, with big changes in your life, sometimes
people have to let go of what they are familiar with and embrace the future. Sometimes
this involves the grieving process. You may go through denial, anger, depression,
maybe guilt, trying to bargain to prevent the change, and finally acceptance. It is
normal to go through this process, just remember the other tips mentioned. Pay attention
to your physical health. Eating healthy and getting enough exercise will help you
deal with stress and change.
• Humor. Humor is always good, but more important when you are going through change. In fact,
exposing yourself to laughter and humor causes some of the same chemical changes to
take place in your body as does exercise. Keep in mind that laughter really does a
Remember, in order to change and accept it, you must keep a positive attitude,
increase communication, maintain rituals, take care of yourself and maintain a sense
of humor. If you have tried all these tips and find yourself still struggling, it
may be time to seek professional help.
For more information on family issues relating to stress management, contact
the Howard County Cooperative Extension Service, which is a part of the University
of Arkansas Research and Extension program. We have a couple of great booklets, “Managing Stress” and “Getting Your Heart Right” both which are free of charge.
To contact the Howard County Cooperative Extension Service visit our offices
located on the second floor of the courthouse or call our office at 870-845-7517.
You may also visit our website at www.uaex.uada.edu/Howard.
Recipe of the Week
This quick and easy recipe was submitted by Tina Williams, 4-H Program
Assistant. It’s delicious!
2 lb. ground beef, browned and seasoned with onion, garlic, salt and pepper
2 – 28 oz cans spaghetti sauce
1 package frozen cheese ravioli
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 13x9 baking dish with non-stick spray. Layer
½ can spaghetti sauce, ½ of the ground beef, and ½ of the ravioli. Repeat. Pour remaining
can of sauce over all. Top with cheese. Cover with foil and bake 40-45 minutes, until
heated through. Let rest 15 minutes before serving.
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N Main St Nashville AR 71854 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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