U.S. Navy Photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin Murphy/Released

Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman
Justin Johndro

Whether it’s physical or mental, positive or negative, stress can take many forms, but Stennis Sailors have resources available to
help them deal with
these symptoms.

The Navy’s operational stress-control (OSC) program provides leaders and Sailors with tools to help identify, balance and mitigate stress.

When identifying stress, leaders must know the individuals assigned to them and recognize when their confidence has been shaken. Most importantly, leaders need to know which stress zone their Sailors are in on a day-to-day basis.

Stress can be a result of many situations; deployment, being away from family, not having time for personal responsibilities, or a lack of personnel to accomplish workloads during planned incremental availability.

Mitigating stress is about balance. While stress is useful in training situations to prepare Sailors for life in the fleet, adequate sleep, rest and spiritual renewal are necessary to allow for recovery from stress.

According to OSC, to strengthen an individual’s physical and mental strength and endurance, leaders should conduct realistic training. Effective leaders instill confidence in the work center and provide a model of ethical and moral behavior.

Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) T. J. Jordan
said as many as 50 Sailors in one day have approached him
with stress related issues.

“Everyone experiences stress,” said Jordan. “The priority is to find out what’s triggering the stress and to get help from that point on.”

No matter what kind of stress situation a Sailor is in, the Navy needs every Sailor to value their own abilities and concentrate on the work at hand in order to be unified as a viable global force, Jordan said.

“While deployed, my work days are very long,” said Personnel Specialist Seaman Jordan Queen. “Workloads and being away from family are my primary stress factors. Time management for workloads is very critical. I’ve learned that things can come up fast, so instead of stressing out, I try to anticipate it.”

For more information on dealing with stress visit http://navstress.navy.dodlive.mil.