Nowadays, the life of each person is related to plenty of external factors that we don’t have control over. And they are all around us, all the time, no matter of the month, season, year or stage of life.
The human brain is structured in such a way, that when we don’t have control over something, or we experience a sudden and unexpected change of plans, we feel stressed. And stress can be triggered by anything!
That is why it is important to know what are the factors that contribute to high-stress levels. And only when we acknowledge them, we are able to free ourselves from the chains of the stressful daily life.
Let’s dive in!
Factors which cause daily stress
Every individual may experience different stress factors throughout his/her life. However, the most common factors, which have an impact on the health of our nervous system are:
- Fear- Not only sudden fearful situations, which make your heart rate to rise (like seeing a spider), but also constant fear from damage, life changes, etc.
- Major life changes- New boyfriend, house, or maybe a new job? All those are related to many variables, which rise the stress levels.
- Work– Often at work, we have too many tasks that are just impossible to finish in a single working day. So if we start “stealing” from our free time to work, we can be sure that this will harm our nervous system.
- Family– The bigger the family, the higher the chance for stress. Sometimes a bad relationship with parents or other close relatives can have a significant impact on our anxiety levels.
- Couple/partner– We search for the “one and only” all of our life! But often we feel urged to find him/her, or have communication problems, different expectations and feelings. Those cause deep emotions and strongly affect our stress levels.
- Expectations– Often, our expectations about certain life situations don’t meet the reality. Then we feel stressed and anxious about the future.
- Moving to a new place to live– New home, new environment, new neighbourhood, or maybe new culture and country. Those are connected to quite a lot of stress levels rises.
- Financial instability– In our economically based world, lack of money can lead to a lot of worries and stressful situations.
- Low self-confidence– Have you ever felt insecure about your appearance? Well, you are not alone! We know how low confidence can lead to overthinking and feeling over-anxious.
- Harassment– This factor is closely connected to fear because living in an environment where you feel in danger of harassment can lead to living in constant fear.
- Doubts– Is my career right for me? Do I make the right choices in life? Should I move to a new city? Those are some of the doubts that I have experienced, which, for sure, bring up the stress levels.
- Social environment– It may be your noisy or chaotic neighbourhood or work colleagues that you just cannot stand. Those indirect factors contribute to higher levels of stress.
- Daily responsibilities– Phone ringing, stuck in traffic, or you have a tone of home duties that you have to finish like vacuuming, cleaning, washing the dishes, and watering the plant. All that accumulates as stress.
- Illness– The body works hard when we are ill, to regenerate our health condition. That is why, after illness, a lot of stress is accumulated in the body, and we can feel its physical symptoms.
- Trauma– Both physical and mental. It is often related to a family member or a close friend.
Knowing what stresses you, gives you more control over your life and the choices that you make.
Because when you KNOW what you DON’T have control over, you become in control of your life!