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Class to teach attendees how to cope with overwhelming emotions

By Robert Goetz | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | June 5, 2017

A four-session class being offered on Tuesdays this month at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Health Promotions, building 999, will help participants learn to deal with overwhelming emotions.


“Master Your Emotions” is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon June 6, 13, 20 and 27.


“The purpose of the class is to help people cope with any overwhelming emotion – especially anger,” said Gina Ramirez, 359th Medical Operations Squadron outreach/resiliency coordinator. “The curriculum is a four-part class that deals with the mind, body and behavior connection.”


Each session of the class is designed to build on the previous session, Ramirez said.


“The first session focuses on the physiology—brain development and nervous system and how they relate to overwhelming emotions,” she said. “The second session focuses on common thinking patterns and the way the body responds to those patterns.  The third session highlights listening skills, and the last session brings all of the above together while tying in behavior.”


The emotion of anger alone is neither good nor bad, Ramirez said.


“It’s your body’s way of giving you a signal that you should pay attention,” she said. “It’s ‘how’ we pay attention to those signals that matter most. Learning our own mind and body behavior around anger is the first place to start. It’s in our self-awareness first that we can begin to focus on our relationship toward others.”


Different scenarios come into play during class discussions and the listening exercise, Ramirez said. 

Another class offered at Health Promotions, “Effective Communication in Conflict Resolution,” is a great follow-on to
“Master Your Emotions” as it goes a step further on how to resolve conflict in relationships, she said.

Ramirez said she hopes class attendees will walk away from the class with a better understanding of their own emotions and gain skills they can continue to use throughout their lives.

“After the four-week course, you should be able to identify common thinking distortions, how your body reacts to overwhelming emotions and several behavioral changes that will help with coping.”

Register by calling 652-2448.