U.S. FIFTH FLEET AREA OF REPONSIBILITY - Sailors aboard guided missile-destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) attended stress-control training July 15-18.
Lt. Benjamin Box, a chaplain assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, conducted the training. He covered topics like the negative and positive ways to deal with stress and how it can affect Sailors' daily lives and relationships.
Box explained that stress is a normal part of life, especially when deployed. It is important that Sailors learn to manage it in a positive way.
"There are many ways Sailors can deal with stress and it is different for every individual," said Box. "They can talk to someone about their problems, write them down, play video games and work out. Sailors are not powerless against stress."
For many Sailors it was refreshing to hear that stress is a part of everyone's life and they are not the only ones going through it.
"I attended the training because we all do get stressed," said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Raynaldo Caver. "Stress can take a toll on your relationships with your shipmates and family and friends back home. I learned ways to better deal with it and not let it get the best of me."
Box said that Sailors should not be afraid to ask for help. Holding it in will only make it worse and send Sailors down a downward spiral, he added.
"It is important that Sailors know their resources," said Box. "They can talk to their chain of command, a chaplain, fleet and family support center and military one source. Sailors need to recognize that they are not alone."
Lawrence is deployed with Carrier Strike Group 11 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.