Triggers: Major Contributors to Stress
and Ways to Overcome Them
Stress is something that everyone experiences every day in some way. But the key factor in dealing with stress is how you manage it… and that’s just something a lot of people don’t know how to do or haven’t quite mastered yet.
The thing to understand about stress is that it comes in many different forms and affects people in many different ways. The things you find stressful, may not be a stressor for someone else. For example, did you know that money is the number one cause of stress for most Americans?
Because stress is our body’s natural reaction to negative stimuli, the way our bodies react can actually work against itself, causing major health problems. According to stress.org, when your body experiences stress, it has the tendency to respond in ways like headaches, upset stomach, increase/decrease in appetite, and feeling overwhelmed.
But in order to overcome the stress you experience, you must first determine what’s causing you stress in the first place. Once you know what causes your stress, you can then work toward preventive measures to reduce or avoid altogether, your major stressors.
Let’s take a look at the common causes of stress and some effective ways to alleviate it.
Biggest Contributors to Stress and Some Effective Ways to Overcome Them
As mentioned earlier, money (or the lack of) is the number one cause of stress for most people. If you’re like the majority of hard-working Americans, you are probably stuck in the dreaded paycheck to paycheck cycle and have a hard time getting ahead.
For those in financial binds, divvying out your paycheck between bills can mean the difference between having a roof over your head and having your lights on. Rent/mortgage and your utilities are major bills that you absolutely have to pay every month, among other bills. But one of the best ways to alleviate the stress of finances is to take a fine-toothed comb and look through them.
- Look at all your monthly expenses to see if there’s any wiggle room for improvement. For example, check to see if your area offers price comparisons on utility rates.
- Pay close attention to your behaviors when you experience financial stress and address them by writing them down.
By carefully examining your financial stressors, you can then begin working towards effective solutions to get your finances in order, like seeing a financial advisor or creating a strict budget.
● Death of a Loved One
The death of a loved one is a major life stressor because you’re not only dealing with the stress of loss but you’re also grieving from it. People experiencing this kind of stress may have feelings of shock and sadness from sheer disbelief of the death but it can then later shift into feelings of anger or guilt for feeling left alone to go on with life without them.
Stress mixed with grief can make anyone feel like their entire world has been flipped upside down. But the most effective way to get through the stress of losing a loved one is to accept the help being offered to you from others.
Although this is a time when you may feel like you want to be alone, sharing grief oftentimes helps you heal and it’s certainly going to play a pivotal role in your mourning process while dealing with grief and loss.
● Workload and Responsibilities
Did you know that one-quarter of workers say that their job is the biggest stressor in their life? Well, lots of people feel that way. Everything from being afraid of getting fired to not being able to say no to extra work, can all be major contributing factors to your workplace stress.
The odd part about workplace stress is its ability to sneak into your home life as well. When this happens, it contributes to having an unstable work/life balance. Instead of bearing the grunt of your work by yourself and risking burnout, consider asking for help or even delegating some of your workloads to others.
Sometimes implementing better time management strategies are necessary like waking up earlier or going to bed earlier. This can help boost your energy and help you focus better to better handle your work responsibilities.
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