Some of the Common Causes of Stress
Stress is a natural part of life. Everyday there are responsibilities, obligations and pressures that change and challenge us. Stress can have a different response from one person to another. For some people, stress can be useful by helping motivate them to achieve more. In others, particularly if it goes on for a long period of time, stress causes a sense of not being able to cope. Stress comes from many different directions in a person's life. Here are some of the common causes of stress.
Personal Loss- Death of a loved one, job loss, family member or best friend moving away, could lead to high level of stress when not dealt with properly.
Illness/Injury- Illness or accidental injury puts great stress upon each of us. Extended illness, (such as the flu, strep throat, or severe respiratory ailments) or accidental injury, (broken leg or arm, car accident, work injury) can lead to missed work, which may put additional stress upon us financially. Effects of stress on the body should be taken seriously.
Finances- Financial difficulties can be enormously stressful for some of us, because our goals and our security are wrapped up in the need to have sufficient finances. Financial stress may make us worry over not being able to afford everything we want or our children have to do without the things they want.
Our Job- Job stress can be one of the biggest sources of stress for many us. In many cases, we feel hopeless when thinking about solving serious problems on the job, dissatisfaction with the job, or making career choices. With the recent layoffs, a weak economy, an unpredictable stock market and corporate mergers are very real concerns and can mean pink slips for many employees.
Relationships- Relationships are another big aspect of stress. Conflicts can arise with our spouse, parents, children, friends, co-workers and bosses or even with total strangers. Sometimes our professional life affects relationships with our family or friends when working long hours and not spending much time with them.
Major Life Changes- Sometimes changes that are not acceptable to us, stress us out. Any sort of changes can make us feel stressed, even good change. It's not just the change or event itself, but also how you react to it matters. So whether were getting married, divorced, having a child or changing jobs these changes in our life, good or bad can be stressful events.
Pushing Ourselves to Hard- Pushing our body too hard is another cause of stress. Sometimes we "spread ourselves too thin". We commit ourselves to do more than our bodies will allow; keeping up with our social lives as well as our career, can lead to damage of our bodies and emotional well being.
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