What is trauma?
Trauma is such a big word. When we think of trauma, we think of something major that has happened to us. However, we can live with the stress chemistry of traumatic events without knowing it.
Trauma can become apparent to us when we have physical pain and tension, become unwell or have a major life challenge. Gradually the build-up of stress chemistry can cause other systems in the body to fail, resulting in severe illness and dysfunction.
Trauma can result from specific shock events, such as falls, car accidents, medical procedures, natural disasters, assaults and abuse of any kind. It can also be due to ongoing accumulative stress, where one can simply be living feeling chronically overwhelmed, whether from work, family and relationship challenges, chronic pain and fatigue, to severe developmental and attachment trauma from infancy, sexual abuse or mental health diagnosis.
These all have a physical impact on the body and affect our ability to function with sustainable vitality and presence.