I talk about stress a LOT here on my site. Why? Because as the top contributor to all chronic illness, people need to know about common stress sources! At the same time, women rarely include stress management into their everyday routines. Do you? As a woman, you may often feel guilty for taking the time to nurture yourself. Women regularly hear the message that self care is “selfish”. That lie contributes to more and more women struggling with symptoms. And self care is the key!
Let’s face it, being stressed out really stinks! We all deal with stress at different times throughout our lives. And it feels absolutely terrible to feel stressed, anxious and uptight. We must understand our stress sources so that we can begin to manage them better. Where does your stress come from?
Let’s take a look at the top six stress sources that people deal with
Money issues contribute to a whole lot of stress! This is particularly true for those who are living paycheck to paycheck. Those who struggle under a mountain of debt also feel additional stress. When creditors are calling regularly, it’s hard not to feel the pressure. Financial problems are the top stressor that people deal with.
For those who are in jobs that are difficult or unfulfilling, when dealing with a difficult boss or the pressure of regular deadlines, feeling a lack of job security…. all of these situations contribute to acute stress. I have personally experienced being in a job that was so stressful that it affected my health….and there are millions of people all over the world in a similar situation.
We love our family and friends, but at times they can be big sources of stress as well! There are many family situations that can contribute to stress. Marriages and divorce, family arguments, the kids growing up and moving out, health issues of a spouse, partner or children, all can contribute to extreme stress and affect your health and well being.
When you deal with health issues….whether you have had an accident that you are recovering from or a chronic health problem any time that your body is not functioning at optimum levels, you will be dealing with increased levels of stress. Dealing with the health issue of a close family member is also incredibly stressful.
Feeling overwhelmed because you feel that you don’t have control over some aspect of your life creates stress. Wanting to lose weight, stop smoking or changing another habit can create stress. An overloaded schedule and feeling that you don’t have any control of your time can also be very stressful. Feeling a lack of safety in your life can also create stress, no matter the source.
Any time there is the death of someone close to you, it is the highest level of stress that you can experience.
Knowing the major stress sources can help you. It gives you a chance to examine which areas of your life are currently causing you stress. This will help you to create a game plan for stress management. Doing so and managing stress better can help you to avoid the pitfalls of chronic illness!