Two Mon­days in May to man­age stress

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

In the sum­mer and fall of 2016 I sent a se­ries of letters to the editor re­gard­ing stress man­age­ment and how to take charge of our emotions in nor­mal and/or chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions. I of­fered to pro­vide an eight-week pro­gram free of charge to any­one who would com­mit to com­plet­ing the pro­gram. I want to con­grat­u­late all of the peo­ple who fol­lowed through and learned how to bet­ter man­age their emotions in chal­leng­ing and ev­ery­day sit­u­a­tions as well. Well done.

As pro­gram man­ager for War On Stress, a pro­ject of United Char­i­ta­ble, a 501(C)3 non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, I will be pre­sent­ing a class in stress man­age­ment for all ages for two Mon­day nights in a row from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Wal­dorf West Li­brary on May 1 and May 8. The pro­gram will be fo­cused on un­der­stand­ing how stress im­pacts ev­ery as­pect of our lives and learn­ing sim­ple prac­ti­cal skills that mit­i­gate the ef­fects of stress on our health and well-be­ing. Each class will present core in­sights into stress man­age­ment and will also cover any re­lated topic re­quested by those who attend. Any­thing and ev­ery­thing as­so­ci­ated with the stress re­sponse will be fair game for dis­cus­sion.

One of our pri­mary mis­sions at War On Stress is to elim­i­nate the stigma as­so­ci­ated with men­tal health. When all of us rec­og­nize that men­tal health is­sues de­serve the same mat­ter of fact ap­proach ac­cepted with phys­i­cal health is­sues we will all be able to support some­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a men­tal health chal­lenge the same as we would for a phys­i­cal ill­ness. Chronic run­away stress is the pri­mary driver for de­pres­sion and sui­ci­dal think­ing. Un­der­stand­ing the stress re­sponse and us­ing skills to re­duce the ef­fects of stress on our phys­i­ol­ogy is how we take charge of our emotions and choose how to feel from mo­ment to mo­ment. Psy­chol­o­gists re­fer to this kind of process as “tak­ing back our power.”

Ev­ery­one who at­tends will re­ceive a pack­age of hand­outs that cover dif­fer­ent as­pects of un­der­stand­ing stress and re­lated con­cepts. I en­cour­age ev­ery­one in our com­mu­nity to take ad­van­tage of th­ese classes. When we un­der­stand stress and how to man­age it in our own lives, we have made our com­mu­nity and the world a bet­ter place for all.

Please con­firm your in­ten­tion to attend one of the classes by email­ing me at john@ waron­

Any ques­tions? Please con­tact me at john@waron­

John Sta­ples, Bryans Road The writer is the pro­gram man­ager for War On Stress, a pro­ject of United Char­i­ta­ble, a 501(c)3 non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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