Health & Safety

August 30, 2013

Stress management vital to Airmen

Tags:
Senior Airman GRACE LEE
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Stress-comic-by-Senior-Airman-Grace-Lee
Everyone has experienced stress. At times it can be overwhelming while in other instances it comes in small spurts.

“People often talk about stress as if it is some type of emotion, but in reality, stress is nothing more than the body’s signal that something is needed,” said Capt. Neal Kennington, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist. “Hunger, fatigue or needing to go to the restroom are all simple examples of stress. Stress is an unpleasant sensation that motivates us to do something that will help us feel better. If I feel the stress of hunger, I eat. If I feel the stress of fatigue, I sleep. By doing those things, the stress is relieved, and I feel better.

“Some sources of stress are universal, such as hunger and thirst,” Kennington said. “The things that stress me out completely may have very little impact on another person. Typically, a person’s upbringing, personal experiences and genetic makeup determine what things cause a stress reaction.”

Stress is also a reaction to everything encountered in a person’s life, said Airman 1st Class James Gilmore, 56th MOS mental health service technician.

Some stress can lead to unhealthy coping habits such as smoking, overeating, being socially withdrawn, acting out or disregarding one’s responsibilities, he said.

High stress levels can also impact one physically, Kennington said. It can cause weight gain, skin problems, short-term and chronic illnesses, digestive problems, muscular problems, loss of sex drive and emotional issues.

While there are negative stressors, some stress is good.

“Stress is the body’s way of getting what it needs,” Kennington said. “If we had no stress in our lives we wouldn’t do anything since we would have no motivation.”

One solution to help cope with stress is exercise, Kennington said. Research has shown the benefits of being active are much more than just physical fitness; 20 to 30 minutes per day of moderate activity leads to decreased stress and improvement in general mood and functioning.

“Physical activity is always my number one recommendation for dealing with stress because the benefits don’t take weeks to materialize,” he said. “Most people feel less stressed after the very first round. The key is to find the type of exercise that works for your personal preferences and fits your time limitations. By finding the right match you’re more likely to stick with it and reap the benefits to your mood and stress levels.”

Mental health clinic providers are available to help individuals and groups learn stress management techniques. To schedule an appointment, call 623-856-7579. Chaplains, military family life consultants and Military One Source are other sources of assistance available for dealing with overwhelming stress.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

“The biggest danger is that we could feel or believe that our individual actions don’t matter and we can’t change anything when the opposite is true.” These are the words of Joice Jones, 56th Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response coordinator. With the advent of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, commonly known as...
 
 

Use responsible drinking guideline ‘0-0-1-3’

Many people would agree that in today’s society alcohol has been commercialized to the point one would believe drinking is a rite of passage, much like learning to drive. Alcohol is typically portrayed in commercials as a party enhancer, as a means to become instantly cool, or as an indispensable relaxation aide. However, the most...
 
 

Street Beat

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 24 through 30: Tickets Security forces issued citations for one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents March 25: Security forces responded to a report of a DUI at Lightning Gate. Security forces detected an alcohol odor on the person, and observed blood shot eyes and slurred speech....
 

 
Untitled-1

First-time motorcycle experience long time coming

I was in my sophomore year of high school and was about to cross the street to the school’s main courtyard when I heard a loud low vroom. I looked over and there it was – a blue Yamaha R6. It was as if everything went into ...
 
 
JASON COLBERT

PT challenge: EOD style

JASON COLBERT Capt. Edmund Spivak and Staff Sgt. Joe Hernandez, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal members, pull an up-armored Humvee, one of the featured events May 2 in the Warrior PT Challenge. In the m...
 
 

Street Beat

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 16 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for one moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 20: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a fixed object at Bldg. 857. There were no injuries....
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin