Stress is grossly overlooked when it comes to addressing the effects or inner outcomes of disease.
While there are too many exceptions, most Americans would not consider that their childhood was full of distressing experiences that began to reshape their personality.
We overlook stress and carry on with business as usual, all the while looking to place the majority of the responsibility on genetic imperfection, which of course does play a significant role in the development and expression of disease.
But stress is the key factor behind the concept we’re going to talk about today that has deep implications on your quality of life.
Strauma is the blending of 2 key concepts, stress and trauma, that has a slow building effect on the human body, energy, emotions, and psyche.
Strauma ratchets up symptoms of simple stress to symptoms that mirror advanced forms of physical, mental, emotional, or energetic trauma.
Stress is defined as constraining force or influence: such as a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.
Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience or an injury (such as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent or a very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes someone to have mental or emotional problems usually for a long time.
Are You Storing Stress?
In order understand the bigger picture we have to look at other contributing factors and make subtler distinctions. Let’s begin by looking at the stress load you’re carrying around, day in and day out.
Daily Stress Loads can be defined as the amount of stress a human body cannot effectively process in a 24-hour period and the leftover from that day gets stored in the place in the body that is designed to process that specific from or type of stress.
To understand this better, imagine stress as a 100-watt light bulb. By the time you wake up tomorrow morning, although you’ve effectively processed most of the impact of today’s stress, you’re left with 2 stress watts. The leftover 2 watts are now stored in the place in the body that deals specifically with that type of stress.
When this happens day after day, stress begins to accumulate in the body and over time, begins to impact the natural function of all biological, mental, energetic, and emotional systems in the body.
This leads to Lifetime Accumulated Stress Loads, which is another term for strauma. Lifetime accumulated stress loads can be defined as the total accumulation of stress that could not effectively processed out of the body in a lifetime or the compounding daily stress loads that have not been processed out of the body from the moment of birth to the present moment.
The average American’s lifetime accumulated stress load is quite high. Going back to our light bulb, those 1 or 2 watts of stress that are stored add up over time and begin to present as injury to the human body. The expression of this now well-formed trauma has long lasting effects that mirror blunt force trauma and are experienced as chronic conditions (strauma).
From the moment of conception to this point in time relative to your age, your experiences, and your body’s ability to process daily stress loads leads us to begin to have to frame the conversation of stress that transforms over time into trauma into a more complete evaluation of the impact of stress, as well as a new term to begin to define conditional states of disease that manifest over time into physical, emotional, mental, or energetic injury.
Strauma began in your body the moment your daily stress load was higher than your body’s ability to process that stress load out of your system, which leads into a deeper conversation about individual and social responsibility as it relates to stress, strauma, and trauma.
Stay tuned in the future when we’ll talk about the full effect that your daily and lifetime accumulated stress loads are having on your life.
The more you increase your awareness around the concept of strauma, the better life experience you can begin manifesting for yourself. If you want help with the effects of strauma in your life, contact us today.