Stress has a huge correlation with fitness and overall health, especially for those in law enforcement. Stress is also a huge underlying factor for many serious health issues.
Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. It can be positive like buying a new house, going on vacation or a job change...or negative like financial problems, divorce, health problems, loss of a loved one or for our law enforcement family, those rough calls for service.
Stress can affect all aspects of your life - mental, emotional and physical; no part of the body's immune. But, because people handle stress differently, symptoms of stress can vary. Being moody, withdrawn or depressed, low energy, digestive problems, headaches, muscle pain, inability to focus, poor judgment, overeating or undereating, drug and alcohol abuse and cardiovascular disease are some of the most common symptoms.
Those symptoms can be debilitating and problematic in your personal, social and professional life. 108 officers committed suicide in the United States in 2016. 108 - that's not ok and there's obviously an issue that needs to be addressed. California led the nation in such deaths, followed by New York. The average age of a police suicide was 42 years and the average time on the job was 17 years. Sergeants and above accounted for 22 percent of law enforcement suicides; five were chiefs. 87 percent were males and
Stress can't be avoided completely, but it can be managed. Here are some ways to manage stress:
Training and awareness
Lastly, there are resources out there if you need help and it's normal to deal with symptoms of stress, you're human. If you see someone out there who may be withdrawn or overwhelmed - don't hesitate to reach out, you may be their only lifeline. Your Team Fit For Duty crew is always here for you too