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STRESS MANAGEMENT: Learning from others, focusing on what is within your control and communicating with those around you are all good steps to take in dealing with stress in your life.

3 tips for coping with stress

An NDSU Extension family science specialist recommends focusing on what you can control.

Doing three things can help you handle stress better, says Sean Brotherson, North Dakota State University Extension family science specialist:

1. Learn. “While part of an individual's stress tolerance is inborn, a crucial part depends on the quality of coping skills practiced,” Brotherson says. “Learning to cope successfully with a stressor once increases your ability to handle it the next time. Also, learning from others who have been there (a fellow farmer, a sibling, a pastor, a counselor, etc.) can help you in your farm or ranch operation.”

2. Focus. Successful stress managers know how to accept things that are out of their control and how to focus on and manage things they can control. “You may not be able to control weather, but you can definitely focus on getting regular exercise, a healthful diet, a good sleep schedule and sharing with others,” Brotherson says. “All of these things help you feel more in control and help with your stresses.”

3. Talk. If you think you are alone in handling a stressful situation, then you will experience greater stress. “The key is to be flexible, maintain a balanced lifestyle and share their concerns with others,” Brotherson says.

For more information, visit ag.ndsu.edu/farmranchstress.

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