Episode #112:

The Stress-Trauma Continuum

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Episode #112: The Stress-Trauma Continuum


About the Episode:

In this episode, we dive into the stress trauma continuum.

Before I get into it, I want to remind you that if you're experiencing signs of chronic stress or burnout, you are not alone, and there is help available. If you find yourself constantly exhausted, emotionally drained, or lacking a sense of personal accomplishment, you may be on the path to burnout. But don't worry, identifying these symptoms is the first step to healing. Trust me, I've been there, twice! First as a clinician, and then leading a department through COVID. I know the struggles of burnout firsthand. If you're experiencing signs of stress (could be apathy, sadness, or a general “blah” feeling), I want to help you, please reach out for support. You can email me at [email protected].

The stress trauma continuum ranges from healthy stress that stimulates creativity and satisfaction to toxic stress leading to burnout or even trauma. Whether you find yourself thriving today or barely surviving, you’ll want to take a listen to this episode to learn all the different ways stress can show up as well as the difference between good and bad stress.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How chronic stress and burnout are common issues that many people face today.
  • How to recognize the signs of burnout which is crucial for seeking help and support.
  • How to identify healthy stress. Stress can be healthy when it challenges and stimulates us, but chronic stress can become toxic and lead to burnout.
  • How to prevent burnout.
  • How to overcome burnout and trauma.
  • How to stay in a state of genuine thriving.


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