Coping With Stress

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We hear a lot about mental health and coping with stress but what exactly is stress? Stress is your body’s reaction to any change. It is a normal reaction and the change can be both positive or negative. People feel stress when bad things happen but they can also be stressed when they are getting married or having a baby. Stress can be short-term or chronic, where it continues on for longer parts of time without much relief in between. Too much stress can cause harmful effects on the body. April is National Stress Awareness Month and you have two chances to join us for our monthly Lunch N’ Learn workshop on “Coping with Stress & Anxiety. Join us virtually on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. to learn about the difference between stress and anxiety, anxiety disorders, and tips on how to cope. Register online at We will provide information on coping strategies, which are thoughts or actions someone uses to deal with a difficult with a difficult situation such as breathing exercises, changing negative self-talk, and so much more!!

Below is a delicious dinner option from the West Virginia University Extension. For more information on our Food for Thought programs, activities and recipes, check us out online.

Honey Garlic Salmon – serves 4

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pan. Salt and pepper the fillets generously. Place the fillets, flesh side down, into the pan. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cook the fillets on the other side for 4-5 minutes more. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, and garlic. Pour the soy sauce mixture over the salmon and serve.