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How to Deal with Stress


By Bruno Logreco

The best way to assess how to deal with stress is to identify the source of it. Start by asking yourself questions and providing honest answers. Keep a journal to help identify stress triggers. Jot down each time you are stressed, and include the time, the situation and your feelings. Over a period of time, you can pinpoint repeated stressors in order to successfully deal with them.

How you experience stress varies from how others experience it. What pushes you to the brink of an anxiety attack may stimulate or challenge another person, and vice versa. Generally, stressors fall into the following categories:

Emotional/internal - fear, anxiety and certain personality traits that distort perceptions.

Family - coping as a new parent or a troubled adolescent, dealing with the empty-nest syndrome, relationship changes and financial difficulties.

Social - interaction with others in social or public settings, such as dating or a public speaking engagement.

Change - changes to important aspects of your life, including any change in your living situation, starting or leaving a job and having a baby.

Chemical - the abuse of any substance, including prescription medication or other drugs, alcohol, caffeine or nicotine.

Physical - situations that overwork your body, such as sleep deprivation, hunger and too much physical exertion.

Environmental - temperatures that are too hot or too cold, cramped spaces and noise and air pollution.

Pain - stress as a contributor to increased pain, especially when it is acute or chronic.

Disease - those associated with short- and long-term health problems.

Work - taking on heavy workloads, dealing with superiors and meeting deadlines.

It is important that you can identify the way your body feels both physically and emotionally in response to stress, so you can recognize when your stress is spiraling out of control. Some stress responses are a protective mechanism and can actually save your life in emergency situations. However, at a certain point, stress can cause damage and lessen your quality of life. Feelings of emotional stress are linked to moodiness, agitation, irritability and depression. Under these stresses, it is easy to isolate yourself from others and start to neglect responsibilities.

How can you react to situations? Do you have control to change the outcome of situations? Why do you try to control situations where you clearly are not in control? What options can you choose to exercise the next time you feel stressed? What if you are not equipped to deal with the stress? Learning to answer these questions and to identify the stressors in your life or having a life coach who guides you, teaches you how to deal with stress when the pressure builds. Understanding the challenges of stress and how to deal with them help you

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Completed Training

Today was a great day for many foster children. We have just completed training for a few families who are very capable of being foster families. They have shown much interest in wanting to help those in need. Along with completing our training for these families, we have just certified a family who had completed training in the previous month. We have been very pleased with the caliper of people who have shown their interest in being foster parents.

The Crossroad Journal

We are so excited that a local newspaper, The Crossroads Journal, ran a front page story on Redwood Therapy and Youth Services. This newspaper is delivered twice a month to the residents of Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain, in an effort to connect the two neighboring cities. We are currently scheduling initial consultations, and training families.

We are hoping to raise awareness about the need for great foster families, and feel that these areas are great locations for potential foster families. We want interested families to understand that we are local, that we are committed to great communication, and have a resource to find more information about fostercare. 

They also helped us announce that we will be working closely with Eagle Mountain City's Pony Express Days. The theme this year is: "Fostering the Community with Love" and focusing on foster families and children. We have been invited to participate with booths at several of the events, parade entries, and a seminar following Pony Express Days

We are thrilled with the exposure about the need for foster families, and of course for Redwood Therapy and Youth Services. Just as the article states, we are not just looking for foster families, we are looking for GREAT foster families. If you are interested in more information you can e-mail or visit

The Eagle's View

"The Eagle's View" is a newsletter that Eagle Mountain city sends out every month to update the residents of Eagle Mountain on the city's progress. This month, The Eagle View had a section on Redwood Therapy and Youth Services you can find here.

We are in the process of training families and trying to raise awareness in the city of Eagle Mountain. We firmly believe that Eagle Mountain is an ideal place for foster children and foster families because of the sense of community and unity here. However, we are training in other cities in the state as well.



Become a Foster Parent in Utah

Becoming a Utah Foster parent is a very rewarding and fulfilling experience. We have had the oppurtunity to find and train great families and are very confident in their ability to care for those in need. They have expressed their motivation to help foster children and are open to training and learning more. 

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