Stress Management Programs

Here is a Sampling of Available Programs from UW-Extension in Stress Management

 

Taking Care of You

Taking Care of You is a multi-session program offering practical strategies and experiences to help you deal with the stress in your life. Managing life’s challenges in a healthy way allows you to take better care of yourself and your overall health. You will explore topics through small group discussion, self-reflections and activities.  Program activities are aimed at increasing mindfulness, positive emotions, optimism, resiliency to stress, coping skills, and self-care of one’s mind, body, and spirit.

Contact: Lori Zierl, Pierce County UW Extension, lori.zierl@wisc.edu

Resilient Farms & Families

Extension offers the Resilient Farms & Families program in response to the current state of the agricultural economy. The program is designed to build resiliency by connecting the agricultural community with education and resources to thrive in an ever-changing world.  Resources are aimed at improving the mental, physical, emotional and financial well-being for producers, employees, and the agri-business community. 

Contact:  Green or Lafayette County UW Extension offices, Hayley.jordan@wisc.edu or Lori.wick@wisc.edu

Breaking the Chronic Farm Stress Cycle

Contact Extension to schedule a comprehensive workshop on stress (acute and chronic); impacts of chronic stress on health and decision making; and 7-10 positive steps and techniques to break the chronic stress cycle including planning activities, nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, etc. Focuses on science of how stress affects the brain and how positive wellness practices can break the stress cycle.

Contact:  John Shutske, Agricultural Safety & Health Specialist, shutske@wisc.edu

Mental Health First Aid

You can attend a full-day (8-hour) workshop led by trained Mental Health First Aid instructors. Participants learn to identify, understand and respond to signs of common conditions that manifest during times of high farm stress (depression, anxiety, substance use, and suicide risk). The training provides skills to help community members reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be experiencing a crisis.

Contact: Contact your local Extension office or the Mental Health First Aid course directory to locate a workshop near you.