coping with stress

Tips on Coping with Operational Stress

Drone pilots and sensor operators are a growing and essential community of warriors in today’s force. As an operator of a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), teammates on the ground rely on you to provide critical coverage and protection. Drone pilots and sensor operators experience a unique set of challenges as they provide combat support on the home front. Many are frequently exposed to images of extreme events while at work. This fact, combined with long work hours, frequent shift changes, and the expectation that warriors can turn on and off their combat mindset around their work schedule, contributes to more than 40 percent of drone pilots and sensor operators reporting high levels of stress.

Breathing, Meditation, Relaxation Techniques

Staying fit requires more than physical strength – it requires a comprehensive approach that focuses on the mind, body and spirit working together. Whether you are preparing to deploy, are currently deployed or are reintegrating, it’s important to consider how mind and body practices like breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques can assist you in staying resilient or coping with invisible wounds. Mind and body skills are part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and integrative health practices that focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body and behavior, in order to use the mind to strengthen physical functioning and promote health. CAM and integrative health are a diverse group of medical and non-medical health care practices that are not considered to be part of conventional medicine, or clinical care practiced by a health provider. Note, CAM and integrative health practices are not currently covered under TRICARE military health care plans. For more information on TRICARE coverage, visit TRICARE Covered Services online.

Coping with Survivor Guilt & Grief

Following the death or severe injury of a fellow service member, friend or loved one, you can sometimes feel shock, responsibility for the event or remorse for surviving. This is a common emotional reaction often called “survivor guilt.”

How Veterans Can Aid Resilience by Writing

Reintegrating into civilian life after serving in the military can be challenging for many veterans. Fortunately, there are several simple things you can do on your own to support the reintegration process, one of which is writing in a journal. Putting your frustrations, worries and concerns down on paper can help you relieve stress you may be dealing with as a result of difficult situations or your transition into civilian life.

Building Resilience for Military Health Professionals

Many of our warriors depend on behavioral health professionals to help them cope with stressors that occur during their military service. Treating and supporting these brave men and women can be extremely satisfying, and most individuals who choose this line of work find it to be very rewarding.

No Ordinary Warrior: Your Chaplain is a Frontline Resource

Military chaplains have long been a source of comfort and inspiration for the men and women of the armed services — perhaps never more so than in times of war. Service members who are deployed experience stress not only from combat, but also from environmental hardships and separation from family and friends.


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