What Are the Main Causes of Stress?

What Are the Main Causes of Stress?

People universally do not like stress. Their bodies do not like stress, even if it is a normal part of life. Over time, society has moved toward a space where it is expected we deal with huge amounts of stress every day, which is causing our bodies and brains to react in a fight-or-flight response, battling for our health. The key is to find ways of being resilient against the stresses of life and letting go of those negative influences which bring more stress into life.


Americans work longer hours and for more hours of their day than they have in the past. Burnout is a risk factor for many people because of the effects of experiencing this kind of stress every single day. Personal relationships, mental health, and overall physical health declines when a person is experiencing this kind of stress. Some of the symptoms of stress a person may experience include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Stomach problems
  • Heart palpitations

Even with these physical issues, a person may experience higher levels of anxiety and depression as a result of work stress. This can result in lower performance at work, calling in sick more often, diminished creativity and initiative, and lower levels of patience with loved ones.

Money Issues

Money is a top concern for many people who experience stress on a daily basis. Life is becoming more expensive, but also about living with higher levels of debt. The majority of people who experience stress include finances as part of their concerns. Financial stresses include worries about money, feeling guilty about spending money, fears about increased debt or spending money, hoarding, and many other issues. Financial stress can take a long time to sort through but it is well worth a person’s time to focus on it so that they recover their physical and mental health from the ravages of stress.

Daily Living

Everyday life is stressful for people, especially those who may already experience existing mental health disorders. The brain and body cannot process stress over long periods. The stress of being too busy is a common theme for many people who are living lives with more things to do and less time to do them well. Busyness can become an addiction as well. People do not say no enough to things they don’t need to, but may want to, and often find themselves overcommitted.

Managing Stress

One of the best ways to manage stress in life is to find some spaces of peace and calming. This can be through yoga, meditation, running, swimming, writing, hiking, mindfulness, and managing time better to get away from over-commitments. It is to everyone’s benefit in a person’s life to focus on managing stress. If it becomes overwhelming, professional help may be needed including psychotherapy, medication, and treatment for underlying mental health disorders or addiction.   

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