Nothing depletes us more than stress.
Everyone deals with stress. When we are stressed and overworked, facing constant deadlines, non stop schedules, pressure from the boss, or the pressure of being our own boss, it’s easy for us to feel depleted and fall back into old patterns and unhealthy habits. Sometimes the solutions that make us feel good in the short term actually make us feel much worse in the longterm.
Stress and trauma can cause addiction.
Stress, trauma, and addiction are interrelated and highly personal. When we think about trauma and addiction, much of the time we think only of the extremes - abuse, violence, drugs … but I’m here to tell you that is NOT the whole story.
STRESS is the body’s way of responding to an immediate change or challenge in the environment.
TRAUMA is anything that deeply impacts you on an emotional and psychological level, and continues to impact your sense of stability and inner wellbeing over time.
ADDICTION is any behavior or mental pattern that you recognize as disruptive to your health and wellbeing, but feel powerless to stop.
You may think - “ok yes, I have stress, but I have never had true trauma”, or “I don’t have an addiction”. The truth is, we all deal with trauma and addiction on a daily basis too. Trauma does not have to be ‘severe’ in order to be deeply felt. And addiction doesn’t have to be overt to be considered an issue.
Addiction can appear in the form of:
Toxic Relationship Cycles
Eating Disorders and Food Issues
Compulsive Shopping or Spending
Compulsive Media Consumption
Disruptive Alcohol Habits
Destructive Drug Patterns