By Andi Clark from 911lifestyle.com Did you know that when First Responders are under long periods of stress symptoms such...
Andi Clark is a mom, wife of a Police Officer and the founder of 911 Lifestyle.
Andi suffers from a genetic stress condition that puts her body in an increased stress response state all the time, similar to what Police Officers and First Responders experience when they put on their uniform and have to mentally prepare for whatever may happen in their day.
Through years of research and studying, Andi formulated a completely different way to look at and handle burnout. One where it is possible to reverse and prevent an officer from getting to a point where they struggle to get through their days by taking a preventative approach instead of a reactive one. And one that reduces the negative effects of shift work on the body.
Through her husbands career as an officer her focus has been on preventing burnout, exhaustion and tanked immune system that she knew can result from poorly managed stress, not to mention the toll things take on family life.
As she watched his co-workers struggle with everything from sleep, exhaustion and anger leading to divorce, PTSD and even suicide it became apparent how LIFE-SAVING the foundations she was laying down for her husband actually were, because not only was he tolerating the shiftwork lifestyle, he was thriving in it.
Andi knew that the strategies her husband was using MUST become available to all Police Officers and other First Responders. She couldn’t watch others suffering when she knew there was a solution. And 911 Lifestyle was born.
“Dude your work is just awesome. I think I’ve used half my data for the month this week. Your vulnerability and accuracy to our lines of work and the headspace we get into is absolutely spot on. I heard you for the first time on Jumpseat Radio while I was driving home in a snow storm almost a year ago. I remember your approach was the first I had heard that wasn’t full of shit.”
“I have been blown away by all of the information that you have on your site and especially in your podcasts. I have watched so many young guys and women come into the job and start out so bright and within a few years seem to carry a dark cloud with them. This is not fair to them or their families or to themselves. They need to live a full life and being equipped to deal with situations that are stressful is the beginning and should be a foundational building block of our training programs. I wish I had it earlier! I think there needs to be more tools so that what makes a good responder doesn’t harm the persons other-side of life and also enhances their ability to deal with situations at work because they have more bandwidth to think laterally. My wife says that she hasn’t seen me this excited about something in a very long time if ever, it has clearly struck a nerve.”
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