How you conquer stress determines your worth.
With that said, I don’t think very well under stress at all; however, my husband excels under it. It improves his focus causing him to become more efficient, except stress free days will require coaxing by me for him to accomplish things. This is when the stress in his life evolves into me glaring at him to get something….anything done, thereby causing him to do what he does best, to excel under pressure…even if it is his wife’s glare telepathically communicating said threats.
Well, that’s marital stress but we also have police related stress in our lives. Recently between shifts, my husband was cleaning his unmarked car in the station lot when three officers walked over telling him to get in and drive. They spouted off an address with little details. At the scene, he found out it was a police involved shooting, which became his new shooting case.
Everything started when a robbery suspect fled the scene being pursued by police. This lead to a high speed “pursuit” (please note: it is not a high speed chase as they are illegal in Baltimore so it is called a “pursuit” as that is the appropriate, or so I am told). Then, the suspect bailed out of the get away car proceeding to shoot at the officer still inside the police cruiser. Bullets were piercing the sides of the cruiser while the officer looked for ways to return fire and get out. Under pressure, the officer could not unlock the cruiser to get out. He was stuck. This is what I am talking about right here, a perfect example of police related stress day but this time it wasn’t us. It just my husband as detective on this officer’s shooting.
I asked my husband if this man was okay, to which he told me that he is pretty shook up and took stress days. Any time there’s a major incident in the department, they give the officers directly involved time off to collect their thoughts and mentally recover from their experience before returning to duty. It is viewed as stress days because they encountered a signficant amount of stress.
I admire the officer for giving himself a reprieve so he can come back to the job afterwards. It bodes for a healthier life in the police department!