Meet our Anti-Stress Ambassadors who will promote exercise to create communities of wellness!
HFI trained 36 community members and three (3) rural heath staff– the Anti-Stress Ambassadors– in Salcedo, E. Samar on Stress Management last 24-25 July 2017 in relation to HFI’s Post-Haiyan Integrated Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Prevention and Control Program funded by Direct Relief.
Stress, anxiety, and depression play a huge role in the development and worsening of NCDs (e.g. diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic respiratory disease) among vulnerable people as it affect a person’s body (e.g. headache and muscle pain, increase in blood pressure and blood sugar, and weakening of immune system), mood (e.g. lack of focus, irritability, anger, and sadness), and behavior (e.g. overeating or undereating, drug or alcohol abuse, tobacco use, and social withdrawal).
Unfortunately, depression is usually unrecognized in patients with NCDs, either because their focus is on the medical condition or simply because of the confusion between medical signs and depression signs.
The Stress Management Workshop focused on empowering the community members and rural health staff to become Anti-Stress Ambassadors who will look after their community members who maybe experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression.
The participants learned about the types and causes of stress and its relation to NCDs, warning signs of stress, herbs for stress, various stress management techniques such as Doc Jimmy Galvez Tan’s “Resetang Walang Gastos” or S.E.L.F (Sleep, Exercise, Love, and Forgiveness), positive self-talk, daily affirmations of wellbeing and healing, conscious breathing, and Buddha’s Laughter, as well as proper coaching for patients.
The workshop culminated with a planning session on advocating stress management in their respective communities.
Learn more about our NCD Project in Salcedo HERE.