Chronic Stress vs Complex Trauma

  • Pain
  • Chest pain
  • Racing heart
  • Exhaustion
  • Problems sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Shaking
  • High blood pressure
  • Jaw clenching
  • Weakened immune system
  • Gambling
  • Developing overeating or other eating disorder
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Compulsive shopping, internet browsing
  • Using prescription or illicit drugs
  • Smoking
  • Exercising
  • Eating healthy foods
  • Learning time management techniques
  • Setting realistic goals
  • Getting more sleep
  • Making time for leisure activities
  • Building stress reduction skills
  • Learning and practicing mindfulness (learning to control attention)
  • Difficulty controlling emotions
  • Feeling angry toward the world
  • Constant feelings of emptiness or hopelessness
  • Avoiding friendships and relationships
  • Feeling permanently damaged
  • Feelings that one is different from other people
  • Dissociation, derealization, or depersonalization
  • Suicidal thoughts and actions
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Volunteering in your community
  • Focus on strengthening relationships with supportive people
  • Limit your use of alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine
  • Starting a hobby
  • Use meditation
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Safety
  • Trustworthiness and transparency
  • Peer support
  • Collaboration and mutuality
  • Empowerment, voice, and choice
  • Cultural, historical, and gender issues




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Successfully equipping complex trauma survivors and practitioners with compassionate support, skills, and trauma-informed education since 2014.