MIRI: In an effort to help people reduce stress, a retired nurse is offering free stress-management courses to individuals or organisations interested in learning how to manage the pressures of daily living in an increasingly stressful world.
Tey Kim Teck, who has 27 years experience working in hospitals throughout the country, is offering the service because she feels that stress has become a major problem in society.
She recently held a talk on the matter for the Miri Red Cresent Society.
Tey, who holds a Bachelor of Science with honours in professional nursing, is also a yoga and meditation teacher.
She has had held many seminars, talks and courses on mental health and living values in Malaysia, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia and neighbouring countries.
Tey offers the courses for free because those offered by professional counsellors are very expensive and not many people can afford them.
“Stress-management courses overseas are very expensive. It has become a very important factor in daily life because stress in society is affecting everyone, young and old, in all levels of society.
“The slightest stress can cause serious long-term problems for a person’s health, family-problems, community problems and problems at the work place.
“We need to understand the causes of stress so that it can be managed, prevented from escalating and overcome.
“Our physical health, mental health, relationship with spouses, children, parents, family members, colleagues, neighbours and our community depends on how stress-free we are,” she said.
The free course, she said, emphasised the importance of spiritual well-being because, to attain the highest level of physical and mental health, the spiritual aspect must be nurtured together with physical and mental health.
Based on her experience and studies dealing with stress, 90% of people became ill because of problems that manifested in the mind, she added.
“Too much exertion and stress on the mind has impact on the body, and if this is long-term, it will cause a breakdown in the mind and the body.
“This is why stress management is important,” she noted.
Part of her stress-management courses deal with anger, therapeutic listening and relaxation.
Miri Hospital director Dr Uma Devi, who is also the district’s Red Cresent Community Services and Health Committee chairperson, said that stress management courses would benefit people from all walks of life.
“Even children are getting increasingly affected by stress. That is why this stress-management course is useful.
“The mind must be healthy first so that every aspect of our life will be healthy. That is top priority,” she said.
Dr Uma pointed out that Tey led a healthy lifestyle that included a vegetarian diet and plenty of exercises.
State Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Development and Communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who also attended the talk, encouraged the public to join in the programme and reap its benefits.
“Since we cannot run away from stress, we must learn how to manage it,” he said, adding that he had seen an increase in the number of kidney-failure cases caused by stressful lifestyles.
Members of the public interested in Tey’s courses can contact Dr Uma at Miri Hospital at 085-420 033 or 085-431 596.