Improving Relationships and Reducing Stress and Anger

MSU Extension addresses the issues of violence and stress through its focus on social and emotional health. This focus on social-emotional wellness encompasses forming and maintaining satisfying and healthful relationships, taking another's perspective, resolving interpersonal conflict, feeling capable and whole, expressing emotions, navigating stress, and having supportive relationships.

To achieve well-being, individuals may need help learning how to become critically aware as they develop healthy relationships with their bodies, thoughts, and feelings as well as with others across their lifespans. By offering teens and adults some alternative ways of relating to everyday life experiences — including thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and events — MSU Extension's mental health and stress reduction programs encourages the use of mindfulness and other self-care skills to help one feel better and enjoy life more.

MSU Extension’s community-based educational sessions provided participants with proven strategies to promote safe and healthy relationships.


  • Managing Farm Stress

    Taking care of crops and animals is hard on farmers and agribusiness professionals. Caring for your own health and wellness in this high-stress profession is often overlooked but is just as critical as caring for your farm business.

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    RELAX: Alternatives to Anger

    Alternatives to Anger helps adults, parents, and caregivers understand and manage anger and stress, and develop the communication and problem solving skills needed for healthy relationships.

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    Stress Less with Mindfulness

    Stress Less with Mindfulness is a six-class series for adults and seniors that introduces mindfulness concepts and practices to reduce stress and related symptoms.

  • THRIVE Michigan

    THRIVE is here to bring information and programs to you and to help you find what you need to be well.