Stress is a classic consequence of being out of balance. Accepting that stress is a result of our lifestyle or attitudes is the first step in combating it.
Symptoms of stress:
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Hot-tempered and easily provoked anger
- Compulsive working
- Loss of appetite
- Fear of silence
- Appearance of obsessiveness
- These are a few examples of stress.
When we are happy, we feel capable of anything, but when we are stressed and depressed small tasks seem beyond our reach.
Trauma occurs as a result of overwhelming emotions, physical sensations, or psychological states when an external stimulus appears to be “too fast too soon.” From a somatic perspective, trauma occurs as a result of emotional, physical, or psychological overwhelm.
Importantly trauma is not something that exists in the event itself. A single event is not inherently traumatic. Trauma emerges as a result of the way in which our body and nervous system respond to external stimuli. With trauma, we survive in whatever way we can. The resources that we bring to help bear those circumstances are called survival resources.
Living in survival mode is not really living. We want to move towards a creative, fulfilling life.
In this sense, resources are things we can use to benefit our bodies, practices we can engage in to make us feel more stable and connected to ourselves.
Trauma changes the way we view the world. We can take control of our lives and the impact of trauma by understanding our orienting response.