Managing the Stress of CMS
- Express feelings and memories by writing in journals or letters or use creative expression such as drawing, painting, sculpting, quilting, singing, dancing, etc.
- Remember to use your sense of humor; know it's okay to laugh.
- Give someone a hug; touching is very important.
- Accept support from loved ones, friends, and neighbors.
- Ensure that you are eating well-balanced and nutritious meals.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid caffeine, sugar, or nicotine.
- Avoid alcohol and non-prescribed medications.
- Get plenty of exercise such as yoga, stretching, and massage.
- Maintain your daily routine as nearly as possible.
- Get plenty of sleep/rest.
- Do deep breathing exercises.
- Continue your spiritual and religious practices (worship, prayer, meditation, silence, etc.)
- Draw on your spiritual or religious resources.
- Meditation can be done in various forms. Meditation gives you a chance to devote a specified amount of time exclusively to you and your own mind.
- Emptying the mind of all thought and become insensible to one's surroundings.
- Focusing gently on thoughts as they come and then letting them go again.
- Guided meditation with a tape or CD.
- Department of Chaplaincy Services: 841-1191
- PHS Behavioral Health: 291-2555
- EAP: 254-3555 or 866-254-3555
- Human Resources: 923-8750 or 800-432-4600
- American Institute of Stress: 923-8750 or 800-432-4600
"Let us realize what happens around us is largely outside our control, but that the way we choose to react to it is inside our control." ~ Anonymous
Who To Call For Help...
...For Critical Incident Stress Support
Chaplain Bill Dorman: