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We all have stress. It is with us throughout our lives. Stress is inevitable and universal. Sometimes when we hear the word stress, we think of the negative impact it can have. But not all stress is bad. And even "bad" stress can motivate us to get things done or create change. The real question is: How do we make stress work for us? We can channel our stress to make us grow as individuals and as families. Here are some ideas for turning stress into an advantage.

See an opportunity in crisis: As a parent, encourage your children even in the hardest of times to see positives in any situation.

Create a stress-free environment: Identify a place in your home where family members know they can go to think and not be disturbed.

Forget and forgive the past: Teach children that mistakes truly are in the past and should not be used to fuel current situations.

Offer support: Be there for your family. Let them know that you love them and think of them throughout your day. Make the people that matter feel special.

The "recipe" for de-stressing is, of course, not complete. The full recipe involves combining awareness of your physical health, eating habits, rest, exercise, workplace, home environments, and your relationships. Develop your own "stress recipe." You'll find your family and you to be happier and healthier!

Reading, Watching and Listening List

Consult your local library to find these resources:

Family Works in Action

Here are some symptoms that families under stress may notice:

Here are some strategies to deal with the stress-related symptoms:

Remember

Stress is not an easy topic for everyone. Stress can cause a person to become angry or sad. There are many types of stress that can affect a family. Stress is common for all family members. Letting go of their daily stressors is the first step to dealing with stress.

Some parents are unsure how to teach their children to deal with stress. Begin with allowing your children to solve their own simple problems. This will give your children the skills to handle stress.

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