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Becoming Healing-Centered: Individuals

After learning about PACEs Science, most people ask, “What can I do?” The good news is that there are so many steps that we can take to become healing-centered! Action may involve engaging at individual, organizational, community, or policy levels.

Becoming Individuals: Stress Busters Intro

Stress Busters Introduction

We all have inner strengths and resilience that can help us deal with challenges and stress. While there are myriad strategies to handle stress, the California Office of the Surgeon General identified 7 evidence-based stress buster interventions that can help reduce stress, improve health, and build resilience:

Additional Stress Busters Resources


Background on Stress

According to the World Health Organization, stress is "any type of change that causes physical, emotional, or psychological strain” and our body's response to a trigger that requires action. Everyone experiences stress, but the response to stress greatly impacts a person’s physical and mental well-being.

There are three types of stress responses: positive, tolerable, and toxic. According to the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, "When toxic stress response occurs continually, or is triggered by multiple sources, it can have a cumulative toll on an individual’s physical and mental health—for a lifetime. The more adverse experiences in childhood, the greater the likelihood of developmental delays and later health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, substance abuse, and depression. Research also indicates that supportive, responsive relationships with caring adults as early in life as possible can prevent or reverse the damaging effects of toxic stress response." Learn more about the science of positive and adverse childhood experiences (PACEs)



PACEs Connection would like to acknowledge Intern Hilary Marine's work in compiling Stress Buster resources.