7 Common Stress Triggers And How To Deal
Whether your idea of a stressful moment is a 9 a.m. Monday morning meeting at work or standing in the express checkout lane behind the lady with an overflowing cart, understanding the best ways to deal with that inner turmoil can make the situation more bearable. We all have the annoyances and frustrations (or individuals) that act as instant stress triggers, so we’re taking a look at 7 common causes of stress and how to overcome them.
How To Identify Stress Triggers
If you’re unsure which life events, situations or people cause your stress level to skyrocket, keep a stress journal for a couple weeks. Your can better identify specific sources of unrest in your life and build a plan around how to deal with those moments.
An astounding 85 percent of Americans say they are “sometimes” stressed out about money, while 30 percent admit they are constantly stressed about cash. The majority of that stress comes from a lack of savings and the inability to deal with a financial emergency – like car problems, getting sick or losing a job.
Use your stress as motivation to start an emergency fund. Even if you’re contributing just a little each month, adding to the account will slowly help reduce your stress.
Technology is amazing, but when it allows your boss to constantly reach you, it’s time to disconnect. The emails, phone calls, and text messages take away from your personal and family time. Decide on a time that you’ll no longer be available and stick with it.
Job You Don’t Like
Did you know the majority of heart attacks occur on Monday mornings between 6 a.m. and noon? The fewest reported heart attacks occur on Saturday. Is there a link between preparing for and arriving at a job you don’t like and your heart health? Statistics make it plausible. While you can’t control your boss or your co-workers, you can control your response and attitude. Stop preparing for a battle and clear your mind of the negative expectations. Good things are more likely to happen when you’re looking for them.
Yes, while medical bills fall under the stress of health care, it’s more the constant battle of caring for others that has us so stressed out. Whether it’s a child, aging parent, spouse or even ourselves, feeling the constant pull of having to ensure someone is healthy and able is a huge stressor.
We’ve likely all heard it before but rarely take heed to the advice that you must first care for yourself before you care for others. If you’re not at your best, it’s not possible to provide the best care for others. Take a moment each day to meditate, read self-care tarot cards or clear your space of negativity with energy detox smudge spray.
Holidays And Vacation
Stressing over the Most Wonderful Time of the Year or a 5-day cruise – seems counterproductive, right? The truth is, 69 percent of us are stressed over the “lack of time” or “lack of money” to make it through the holiday season or plan a vacation.
Rather than load the Christmas tree with gifts or booking an international flight, consider a more sincere approach. Try exploring attractions or activities in your city or within a couple-hours drive. A staycation allows you time to get away while reducing the stress of planning and paying. When it comes to the holidays, decide what really matters. Would you rather send gifts to your parents or put that money toward a plane ticket to share the holidays together? Think outside the holiday gift box when it comes to what you really want.
The Inability To Say “No”
How many times have you taken on an extra work project or agreed to walk your neighbor’s annoying Chiwawa while the neighbor is away? It’s that constant pressure to say “yes” that can bring on unnecessary stress. The only way to work through this stressor is to enlist the power of “no”. When you’re approached by a needy boss, friend or neighbor and you feel your heartbeat intensify, take a deep breath and explain you’re unable to help this time. The awkwardness will lift much sooner than the stress of piling more on your overflowing plate.
You may not even realize your disorganized mess is causing inner turmoil. Studies show that physically clearing the clutter in your living space helps clear the clutter in your mind. Take the time to get rid of the old and organize what’s left. Even clean sheets and a made bed make for a more comfortable night’s sleep (and who couldn’t use that?). Seven in 10 people say they rest more peacefully on sheets that have a pleasant scent, and those that make their bed daily report sleeping 19 percent better than those who don’t routinely make their bed.
Take the time to examine what’s been stressing you. Note the situations and people in your journal and use your insights to create a plan that helps clear the way for less stressful days ahead.