What Causes Stress?

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What causes stress?

Everyone experiences stress differently. Something might be very stressful to me, but to you it might not be. For example, someone who is confident and used to public speaking might not find standing in front of a room full of people, giving a presentation stressful. Someone who is quite shy and likes to avoid attention will find this extremely stressful.

Stress can be caused by one big thing, or a build up of lots of smaller pressures. 

Here are just a few examples:
  • bereavement
  • illness or health problem
  • becoming a parent
  • getting married
  • getting divorced or breaking up
  • difficult relationships
  • losing your job/ starting a new job
  • exams
  • work pressures
  • housing problems - poor living conditions
  • homelessness
  • moving house
  • debt
  • low income
and let’s not forget:
* LIVING THROUGH A GLOBAL PANDEMIC FOR THE LAST YEAR, HOMESCHOOLING CHILDREN AND NOT BEING ALLOWED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME OR MEET FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Notice how some of these examples are happy events? Sometimes there’s added pressure here to be positive and grateful, when actually, these happy events can bring lots of big changes and stressful demands to you.

It is important to identify your own triggers and causes of stress. That way, you can then take action to reduce stress before it becomes harmful to you. 
It may be helpful to write down what is worrying you or causing you stress right now. Once you start writing, you may be surprised with everything you’re having to cope with. If you have someone you trust who you can talk to, you could try asking for help or just simply talk about what you’re dealing with.

I’ll be talking about how to reduce stress in the coming weeks on the blog. Follow me on Instagram (@theenglishprintco) for more stress relieving tips & advice.

What’s causing you stress right now?

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