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Compassion Tree   Knowing Yourself

Understanding Your Stress Response

Everyone gets stressed at times, and in fact, without stress we could not build resiliency. It is important to understand how stress typically shows up for you—physically, mentally, emotionally and behaviorally. This is called your Stress Response. Understanding your Stress Response can inform present-moment awareness, like an internal barometer, as well as influence targeted self-care measures that may be most beneficial to you.

Some examples of a Stress Response:

  • Headaches

  • GI symptoms

  • Muscle tension

  • Hypertension

  • Cold/flu episodes

  • Fatigue

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Irritability

  • Mental health symptoms (anxiety, depression)

  • Hypervigilance

  • Dissociation

  • Inability to focus

  • Overworking

  • Change in eating habits


Let’s put together what we've learned so far.

My main risk factors for Secondary Traumatic Stress are

My typical symptoms of Secondary Traumatic Stress or Compassion Fatigue are

My usual Stress Response shows up as

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