Life events that change you are very real, and very likely during an average person’s lifetime. When a life event changes you, for good or bad, it is considered traumatic. There are several common life stressors you’ll want to identify and read about in order to get track to the help you need.
Life stressors vary in their degree of impact and are capable of tragically changing your life. Extreme negative stressors can deteriorate your quality of life from depression. You may not even realize what’s affecting you is really the result of a major life stressor. That’s why we’re here to help our clients in their first step after suffering a loss. Physical manifestation of grief, trauma, and stressors good or bad is very real and very possible. Remember, cycling through the ruminations and major mental distress translates to physical exhaustion as your body tries to keep up.
In most cases, happiness depicts a good life stressor, while sadness or grief shows a bad stressor. Let’s explore how this can affect us physically and how we can manage these effects.
Dealing with a death in the family is a major negative life stressor. Losing a loved one from a chronic disease may impact differently from a sudden death such as an accident or suicide. Sudden death is likely to be more traumatic. Physical evidence that a negative life stressor may be affecting you include:
Again, good stress is a real thing. Remember how stressful it was on your first day of school, or the first time you hung out with someone you liked a lot? You have probably felt that “butterflies in your stomach” feeling once before. It’s a real phenomenon! Here’s some other ways your body is affected:
Dealing with major life stressors in an unhealthy or negative manner puts you at greater risk of deepening your trauma. Here’s some healthy ways of dealing with trauma:
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