Class teaches value of learning how to manage stress in order to live positively
By Pfc. Andy J. Orozco
| Marine Corps Air Station New River | August 01, 2013
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. --
Stress is an every day reality for Marines; they can either learn to manage it or be managed by it.
Every quarter, the Marine Corps Family Team Building Program aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River offers a Stress Management Class at building AS-232 next to the chapel.
“The Stress Management Class teaches people how to identify stressors in their life, work on self-talk and create strategies on reducing stress that work best for each individual,” said Ken Lewis, MCFTBP life skills trainer.
Stress is a non-specific response of the body to any force placed upon it and stressors are a force that causes a stress reaction; this can be internal or external, according to the information provided by the class.
“Stress can make individuals emotional, tired and irritable and on a physical level can give you headaches, upset stomach and decrease your physical output,” said Lewis. “As a unit, it could greatly affect unit readiness and deployability because stress’s negative effects are infectious.”
For example, if one person is in a bad mood and expresses it in a work environment others will get that vibe and get in an upset mood as well, he said.
According to the class, stress is caused by different things and different people have different tolerances of stress,. However, this does not mean that all stress is automatically bad.
“Good and bad stress come from the same place but what makes them different is the way we deal with it,” said Lewis. “Someone getting yelled at by higher-ups could demotivate one individual but could motivate another to strive to do better the next time.”
During the class, guests can learn some positive ways of dealing with stress such as eating healthy and exercising. They will also learn how to avoid turning to vices to avoid the stress.
“I want guests attending this course to take away a little more awareness of why they do what they do when under stress and that it’s important for us to self-monitor our stress levels because stress can have a big toll on your personal life and your professional life,” said Lewis.
Those interested in participating in future classes can find more information online at http://www.mccsnr.com.