Stress is a part of life.
If we have healthy ways of dealing with it, if stressful occurrences are not too frequent, and if we have a solid support system, we may be able to effectively handle stress. However, some populations are exposed to multiple stressors; people who work in high-risk occupations, people with visible differences, people exposed to abuse, people from racial minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and many others, are at risk of cumulative stress. When stress accumulates trauma can result.
When stressful occurrences are not resolved, the trapped feelings can result in physical manifestations like sore backs, headaches, stomach problems, sleeplessness, nervousness, racing thoughts and sexual dysfunction. These physical symptoms are often accompanied by emotional and cognitive distortions.
I offer perspective and strategies for effectively handling your stress.