SAN ANTONIO (Mar. 12, 2022) – Sailors assigned to the Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC) attended a Mind-Body Fitness (MBMF) course hosted by the Naval Combat Center and Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC) and Fleet and Family Support Programs (FFSP) March 7-11.
The course was presented to the NMTSC by the Command Health and Wellness Promotion Committee in coordination with the Warrior Optimization, Caregiver Operational Stress Control (CgOSC), and Command Resilience teams.
MBMF uses over 30 years of data to improve resilience and mental toughness through the use of evidence-based mindfulness skills. The program offers a proactive path to mental toughness, which participants can apply in their personal and professional lives.
“MBMF mindfulness and problem-solving techniques help Sailors become resilient in the face of stress,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ada Dee, Divisional Officer of the Basic Hospital Corpsman Program at the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC). “His goal is to make our sailors more resilient. Teaching our staff how to handle stress as individuals and as leaders allows them to support not only themselves, but also their junior sailors and students.
MBMF teaches stress resilience, mindfulness and meditation, living core values, flexibility, problem solving and connection. By using these six session topics in combination with open discussion, sailors are able to learn additional skills to help cope with stress and build mental toughness.
“Having mental wellness conversations for our staff and getting them to effectively communicate their needs is an important part of how they can help command,” Dee said. “By talking about it and giving people resilience tools, we can lower stress levels, increase resilience, and even decrease depression and suicidal ideation.”
Sailors participating in the class received an MBMF trainer qualification. This qualification allows sailors to teach the class to others, including their students, peers and leaders. Sailors participating in the class who are already MBMF qualified, have requested part of the class to become qualified Master Trainer. Master Trainers are then qualified to teach the class to others and have the authority to qualify additional MBMF Trainers.
“I really enjoyed the course,” said Chief Electrician’s Mate Brandon Jones, a Navy military training instructor. “This [the course] gave me tools to help me identify and manage stress in my life while giving me the ability to pass this knowledge on to my sailors. It also allowed us to get a better perspective on situations instead of reacting immediately without thinking about the problem first.
The MBMF class is offered twice a year to NMTSC staff members. For more information on stress management in the Navy, visit www.mynavyhr.navy.mil/Support-Services/21st-Century-Sailor/E-OSC/.
The NMTSC is the Navy Component Command providing administrative and operational control of Navy personnel and students assigned to the METC and other medical programs in the San Antonio area.
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|Date posted:||23.03.2022 09:32|
|Location:||SAN ANTONIO, TX, USA|
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