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A Simple Guide to Understanding Stress & Trauma

“Hello there! I’m here to provide you with a bit of information on the various aspects of trauma and stress to normalize these states of mind and help you feel understood during your journey of growth and healing. I would like to remind you that suggestions on this post should not be taken as medical advice, legal advice, therapy, etc. or as a one-size-fits-all approach. Keep in mind that every individual’s journey of experiencing and navigating through stress or trauma is distinctive because you are one of a kind and no person is truly like you! Experiencing abuse in any form is NOT OKAY, but what you are experiencing as a result of abuse is valid. Please know that healing is not a formula and is not for anyone else to define for you. You do you, and you follow all that you need to follow, to help yourself. If you need additional resources or just someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to Imaara Foundation."

What is Stress?

All of us are born with and accumulate over time, a range of coping abilities and mechanisms to overcome difficult situations. However, when you face a scenario which:

a. overpowers your coping skills

b. you recognize as a challenge to your emotional and /or physical wellness...

then this psychological state of mind you experience can be termed as stress (Butcher et al., 2014)

Does stress impact our bodies?

What are some key terms relevant to stress?

What is trauma?

What does trauma look like?

What is Acute Stress Disorder?

What are some things I can keep in mind?

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