Causes Of Stress

Children won't cease screaming. Your boss has been harassing you for late reporting. You owe thousands of dollars to the IRS. You're seriously stressed out.

Stress is actually a normal part of life. Sometimes, stress serves a purpose. Stress can motivate you to get that promotion at work, or run the last mile of a marathon. But if you don't get a handle on your stress and it becomes long-term, it can seriously interfere with your job, family life, and health. More than half of Americans say they fight with friends and loved ones because of stress, and more than 70% say they experience real physical and emotional symptoms from it.

Continue reading to find out why stress can cause you anxiety and what it might mean for your health.

Stress: Causes

Every person has their own stress triggers. Surveys show that work stress ranks first on the list. According to surveys, forty percent of Americans admit that they experience office stress and one quarter say that work is their biggest stressor.

Stress at work can be caused by:

It is possible to have major life stressors. These are some examples of life stress:

Stress can sometimes come from within, not outside. Stress can be caused by just worrying. Stress can be caused by all of these things:

Uncertainty and fear.

It can be stressful to hear constantly about terrorist attacks, global warming and toxic chemicals in the news. This is because it makes you feel powerless over these events. Even though natural disasters are rare, they can be covered in great detail by the media. This may give them the appearance of being more probable than they actually are. You may also feel fearful about your finances or the possibility of missing a deadline at work.

Perceptions and attitudes.

The way you perceive the world, or one particular situation will determine whether stress is caused. You might be less stressed if you have a TV that has been taken and think "It's okay, my insurance will cover it." How will I feel if they come back to my home to steal more? The same goes for people who believe they do a great job at work. They will feel less anxious about the big project ahead than those who fear they might be incompetent.

Realistic expectations.

There is no one perfect. You can't do it all perfectly and you will feel overwhelmed when you don't get the results you want.

Change.

Stress can result from any major life event, even happy ones like a marriage or job promotion. Other stressful events such as divorce, financial difficulties, and death can cause significant stress. Based on how you handle situations, your stress level can vary. Sometimes people allow everything to roll over. For them, life and work stress are minor issues. Some people worry about their own health.

The effects of stress on your health

The body reacts physically to stressful situations. When you are in a stressful situation, your body triggers a physical response. It releases hormones to prepare for fight or flight. The "fight or flight" reaction is what you feel when you are in stressful circumstances. Your heart rate may increase, your breathing becomes faster and your muscles will tighten. Your body will usually quickly recover from this type of stress, which is temporary and short-term (acute stress).

If your stress system is activated long-term (chronic strain), you can have more severe health problems. Stress hormones are a constant irritant to your body. This can lead to increased aging and more frequent illness.

These physical symptoms may appear if you have been stressing for some time.

Stress can become chronic and untreated. This could lead to more severe health problems, such as:

Your health can be improved by managing your stress. Study showed that heart-related diseases such as coronary heart disease can be prevented by implementing a stress management plan.