Category Archives: General Helping Services

Handling the Beast We All Face: Stress

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Mentoring Guides Youth from Stress to Joy

By Kathy Schwartzhoff | Looking at the picture above, the first emotion that comes to mind could be joyful! April Wilker (second from the left) is indeed that type of person—happy, energetic, and positive. And she is the first to … Continue reading

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How I Perceive and Respond to Stress

By David Runyon | Everyone deals with stress in different ways. As Executive Director of Helping Services, I have experienced many periods of intense stress. These have included times of long hours with too many tasks, uncertain funding, personnel concerns, … Continue reading

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Coping with Present Demands and Past Abuse—a Survivor’s Story

By Chrisann Zuerner | Each day presents its own set of worries and concerns with which we must cope. While we all have means of dealing with and reducing levels of stress, individuals in relationships fraught with domestic violence must deal … Continue reading

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Navigating the Roads of Life— Helping Teens Learn to Manage Stress

By Jen Stolka | “My chest feels tight. My mind bounces from one thought to another. My palms are sweating, and I cannot seem to shake these feelings of being overwhelmed,” shared a local teen when asked what happens when … Continue reading

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Adding a New Family Member

By Lori Barry | Stress can come from many different sources—even from happy, exciting sources such as a new little member of the family. Adjusting family routines after a baby’s birth can be stressful. A new baby involves many changes … Continue reading

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When and How to Help a Stressed Victim of Domestic Violence

By Viktoria, Advocate | You may have finished reading the story of M, a survivor of domestic violence struggling to deal with her stress. Your reaction is “I want to help!” However, you must be sensitive and aware of the … Continue reading

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Journaling and the Art of Stress Maintenance (Plus Writing Prompts)

By Sara Friedl-Putnam, Guest Author | Ever feel like life has thrown just one too many curve balls your way? Ever try journaling as a way to cope? If not, why not take a chance and give it a shot? … Continue reading

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Accepting What I Can’t Control

By John Kelly, Board President | “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the strength to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” —Reinhold Niebuhr My high school wrestling coach, Bob … Continue reading

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Job Opening: Administrative Assistant

Our wonderful admin assistant is moving on to her next adventure, so we are seeking the right person to take on her duties. This is a full-time administrative assistant position for our Decorah office. Duties include general office management, administrative and development … Continue reading

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