Stress is a natural
response to an event or situation that places an unusual demand on one’s
physical, mental and emotional resources.
Unchecked, stress can
adversely affect a person physically, such as in the form of depression,
anxiety, heart disease or chronic ulcers.
“It’s very real,” said
Lindsey Kassulke, nurse educator, Army Wellness Center, during a recent Stress
Management class at the AWC.
Not all stress is bad, and learning
to cope with stress on a physical level can benefit one’s well-being, Kassulke added.
That’s where the AWC comes
AWC offers biofeedback for
clients, which teaches them to monitor and regulate their bodies’ physical
responses to stress. As a pre-requisite for biofeedback sessions, clients must
attend a Stress Management class.
The introductory class
covers the basics, such as common stressors, ways to manage stress and how
biofeedback can help.
“It’s a short class, and we
try not to get too scientific about it. But we want people to realize that
(stress) impacts health,” Kassulke said.
While the class can spark self-evaluation
to get people reflecting on their stress levels and the importance of managing
stress, Kassulke encourages clients to schedule a one-on-one biofeedback session
after attending the class.
During the biofeedback sessions,
clients can learn in-depth about various techniques, like guided imagery, mental
relaxation and deep breathing. Clients can also monitor how well their bodies respond
to the techniques.
Some clients attend one biofeedback
session, while others choose to return regularly for what Kassulke called maintenance,
or a continuing practice of stress reduction.
“It’s a day-to-day
mindfulness,” she said.
Classes are offered at 1 p.m.
every other Monday at the AWC. For more information or to reserve a spot in
class, call 785-239-9355 (WELL).