Long time no see!
As promised, we will talk about the causes of stress this time. It is, more precisely, called stressors.
The causes that trigger stress completely depend on a person.
Shortly, a stressor for someone could not affect others even slightly. Different people suffer from different stressors to a different extent. For instance, we often see some people can be motivated by a tight deadline and the others are overwhelmed and can’t even make progress. In the same way, there are always the people who enjoy having a speech in front of a crowd and get excited while there are also the people who get a lot of stress and anxiety from the speech that they must do.
Having said that, it is believed most people get stress at their work due to various factors.
Below you can find the list of causes of work stress published by WebMD:
• Being unhappy in your job
• Having a heavy workload or too much responsibility
• Working long hours
• Having poor management, unclear expectations of your work, or no say in the -decision-making process
• Working under dangerous conditions
• Being insecure about your chance for advancement or risk of termination
• Having to give speeches in front of colleagues
• Facing discrimination or harassment at work, especially if your company isn’t supportive
Therefore, it is deduced not only your task stresses you out but also the surrounding environment at your work does the same.
In general, stressors can be divided into two main categories: external and internal.
External stressors are not only negative ones, like divorce, disaster, work stress etc., but also can be positive ones, for example, having a kid, moving in together with your partner, or advancement at work.
According to Helpguide, External stressors are mostly including below:
• Major life changes
• Work or school
• Relationship difficulties
• Financial problems
• Being too busy
• Children and family
Consequently, internal stressors are often found in the below situation:
• Inability to accept uncertainty
• Rigid thinking, lack of flexibility
• Negative self-talk
• Unrealistic expectations / perfectionism
• All-or-nothing attitude
It seems like the factors causing stress are not necessarily only one of them but often can be both and they do interact to each other; external stressors cause internal stressors that eventually magnifies the intensity of the stress.
As shown in Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, which is a list of 43 stressful life events that can contribute to illness as well as the most commonly used stress indicator, below the top 10 stress situation can consist of both internal and external causes intervened.
• Death of a spouse
• Marriage separation
• Death of a close family member
• Injury or illness
• Job loss
• Marriage reconciliation
More than anything, it is important to KNOW what triggers stress for you. Internal stressors can be dismissed by changing the way you perceive the surrounding of you, meditation, and mindfulness. Stress that is triggered by external stressors can also be treated by the methods mentioned above. Yet, it is better to get rid of the fundamental causes to completely overcome.