What Stress Is -
- Stress is the body’s reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response.
- Perceptions of any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, nervous, or anxious can cause stress.
- Synonyms: pressure, strain, tension (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stress)
- Benefits of stress: increases our ability to focus and perform, result of increased blood flow to body and brain activity
- Problems with stress: can inhibit our ability to make healthy choices, can lead to physical health problems, and accelerate aging
Best STRATEGIES for living through stress are 1) learning what to do when becoming stressed & 2) create habits to avoid feelings of great stress. With either strategy, acknowledging that we are taking action to help ourselves in turn empowers us to overcome stress.
- Share your troubles with trusted adult – it helps us all to have our spoken words be heard and understood
- Exercise. Release natural endorphins, get used to physically being out of breath and sweating to feel alive
- Eat foods that encourage us to feel good - 9 Foods that Help or Hurt Anxiety
- Purposeful self reflection: write down thoughts in safe/private way & simply tear it up & throw away OR Rank your problems highest importance to lowest so you can get organized and create goals to overcome your problems.
- Prayer – nurses know self prayer helps,
- Meditation - MayoClinic encourages meditation (see pdf at bottom of pg) & AARP article shows Meditation benefits
- Stay Busy in healthy activities, instead of taking time to worry, as encouraged by psychologists in this Top 10
- Online learning for understanding how stress forms (cartoon movie) & game to play to help you can gain control of your stress in healthy ways:
Sources of Assistance
Panorama Families have shared to school these providers to be valuable (listed alphabetically) -
- Family Resource Center; 502 West 7th Street, Carroll, Iowa 51401, (712) 792-6440
- Kavalier & Associates; Dr. Randel Kavalier, “Board Certified in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology”, 1003 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50265, (515) 267-1003
- Life Line Resources L.L.C, www.life-lineresources.com, Family Behavioral Counselors provide individual sessions in home, Panorama Schools, &/or their office, family, & group settings. Assistance with billing & insurance coverage provided; Perry office (Shasta Connelly email: firstname.lastname@example.org); 1212 2nd Ave, phone 515.465.4227
- www.lifeconnections4u.net; Christy Heath, Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist, provides services to children and families on Title 19. Jefferson Office. Christy can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or via phone at 515-370-2073.
- MyProvidencePlace.com – former Panorama Elementary Guidance Counselor, Katie Steenhoek, & former West Central Mental Health Therapist, Dena Owens, together have permission from Panorama CSD to meet with their student clients during school day in our schools. Parents may initiate their services by calling (515) 986-7255.
- New Opportunities, http://www.newopp.org/, treatment of substance abuse & family assistance (heating bills, food pantry, clothing, financial literacy).
- Guthrie Co. Family Development Center, 2002 State Street STE 2, Guthrie Center, IA 50115, Phone: 641.747.3845, Fax: 641.747.3269, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dallas Co. Family Development Center, 2810 First Street, P.O. Box 606, Perry, IA 50220, Phone: 515.465.5185, Fax: 515.465.5995, Email: email@example.com
- Greene Co. Family Development Center, 1401 N. Elm Street-Suite A, Jefferson, IA 50129, Phone: 515.386.2719, Fax: 515.386.3845, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporting Suspected Abuse of a Child
If a student is unable to contact the school guidance counselor and would like to speak with a Department of Human Services worker about a situation concerning the safety or well-being of a person under 18 years of age, you are are encouraged to use the DHS website, http://dhs.iowa.gov/contact-us , or call their free phone number (1-800-362-2178).
Youth Legal Assistance - Youth Law Center, phone 515-244-1172, 300 Walnut Street, Suite 295, Des Moines, Iowa
Youth Law Center provides free juvenile court representation to Polk County youth and free legal advice to youth across the state of Iowa. The Youth Law Center provides youth, and professionals who work with youth, legal information pertaining to areas such as emancipation, abuse and neglect, sex abuse, family problems, school, traffic, homelessness, chemical dependency, delinquency, guardianship/custody and teen parenting issues. Their staff members are available to speak to school and community groups about youth rights and responsibilities.
Child Funeral Cost Assistance - pdf files attached bottom of this page include an application & brochure about grant providing this service, contact is Brandy Powers, Page County Public Health, ph: 712-850-1211