Stress and trauma can cause lifelong distress and discomfort. The good news is that healing and recovery are possible, and that resiliency can be developed and nourished.
Stress can be an indicator of trauma. Healing from trauma involves using coping skills for managing stress. We have all had some degree of stress since the pandemic began. There are ways to identify stress and manage the impacts both in the short and long-term. Some of this information can be found on a site provided by the Center for Disease Control. Coping With Stress During COVID-19
Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient.
Stress can cause the following:
- Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
- Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
- Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of tobacco, alcohol , and other substances