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Here are some tips to help you manage the stress of being stuck at home.
Nashville, Ark. – Last week we all thought Covid-19 was going to be on its way out
and life would return to normal. However, it looks like it may be around for several
weeks and we all need to take precautions to prevent the virus from spreading. Most
of us are spending more time at home, avoiding contact with others and basically our
lives have turned upside down. Here are some tips to help you manage the stress of
being stuck at home, either by yourself or with those you love.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Some common feelings
are anxiety, worry, or fear over you or a loved one catching the disease. Worry about
how you will meet your financial obligations or how you will get the things you need
such as groceries, personal care items and medicines.
You may be concerned over how you will care for your children. Who is
going to watch them, if you are working? You may be asking yourself, “What are we
going to do with all this time on our hands?” Boredom and frustration may set in because
your normal routine has changed.
Frustrated at how long this will last. Loneliness and feeling like you
are cut off from those you love.
So, what can you do to handle the stress of isolation? Here are some ways
to help relieve the pressures.
These are challenging times for everyone. We will get through them and life will return
to normal. The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension
Service has several resources for financial management, managing stress, eating healthy
and exercise. Check out the website www.uaex.uada.edu for more information.
The Howard County Extension Office is open and conducting business as much as possible.
However, all meetings have been postponed for now. If we can assist you call our office
at 870-845-7517. You can also keep up-to-date with activities through our Facebook
pages at Howard County Extension-FCS, Howard-County-4-H, or Howard Co. UAEX Ag & Natural
Resources. Just search and like the page you are interested in.
Try this recipe with your family. Be creative and add your own toppings! You can get
the whole family involved in preparing dinner. Add a salad for a complete meal!
2 cups flour, divided in half
1 packet rapid rise instant yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
1 teaspoon sugar
¾ cup warm water (110⁰F to 115⁰F)
Nonstick cooking spray
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 cup commercial pizza sauce or make your own Marinara sauce
1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
Toppings of your choice
Preheat oven to 375⁰F. In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar,
and water with a spoon. Gradually stir in the other cup of flour until the mixture
forms a ball. Do not overmix.
Dust a cutting board with some flour (about 2 Tablespoons). Put the ball
of dough on the surface, then use your clean hands to knead the dough for about 5
minutes. Children love to do this part!
Spray a bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Put the dough in the bowl and
cover it with a clean dish towel. Put the bowl on the oven while it is preheating
(but not on the burner), and let it sit for 15 minutes.
Spray a 10 x 15-inch baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Spread
the dough into an even 1/8-inch layer on the baking sheet. For a thicker crust, use
a smaller baking sheet. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning evenly on the dough.
Bake the pizza dough without any toppings in the preheated oven for 3
minutes. Add a thin layer of the sauce, leaving a ½-inch crust on all edges. Add the
shredded cheese and pizza toppings. Be careful not to put too many toppings on the
pizza, or it will be soggy.
Bake for approximately 16 to 20 minutes until the crust is brown and the
cheese melts and is slightly browned in spots. Refrigerate leftovers (if there are
any) within 2 hours. Eat within 3 to 5 days.
Nutrition Facts: Yield-4 servings, 380 calories, 8g Fat, 470mg Sodium, 58g Carbohydrates,
4g Fiber, 19g Protein
2 Tablespoons oil
2 medium onions, diced
½ teaspoon garlic powder
2 carrots, peeled and diced
¾ cup diced celery
2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups raw spinach, roughly chopped (optional)
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic
powder. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the onion is clear. Add the carrots and
celery and cook for 5 minutes until slightly soft. Add the tomatoes and Italian seasoning.
Stir until all ingredients are mixed together. Taste, and add salt and pepper.
Bring the sauce to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Simmer
uncovered for at least 30 minutes. Stir in the spinach (if using) and cook for 2 minutes
until spinach wilts. Serve over pasta or as pizza sauce.
Nutrition Facts: 16 servings (1/2 cup each), 35 calories, 2g fat, 15mg sodium, 4g
carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 1g protein
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 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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