The following are the 8 most common causes of stress and Anxiety.
1. Finances: Money is the biggest source of stress and anxiety for Americans, according to research which is why I list it first. It might be unpaid bills, a lack of money in the bank, or generally not having enough money.
A survey by Northwestern Mutual found that money was the dominant source of stress for 44% of Americans and data from the American Psychological Association also shows that money is the No. 1 stressor for Americans: “Regardless of the economic climate, money and finances have remained the top stressor since our survey began in 2007,” the results revealed.
2. Work: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans now spend 8% more time at work than 20 years ago, and about 13% of people work a second job. At least 40% report their jobs are stressful, and 26% report they often feel burned out by their work.
Many factors can contribute to job stress and anxiety, including too much work, job security, job dissatisfaction or conflicts with a boss and/or coworkers.
Whether you work for yourself, for someone else, at a desk or in a factory, there will always be things in our work lives that cause stress and anxiety. It may be the amount of work, deadlines, a boss, co-worker, lack of a promotion or something else.
3. Family and Personal: There are people in our lives that cause us stress and anxiety. It could be a family member, a spouse, or a friend. Toxic people lurk in all parts of our lives, and the stress we experience from these relationships can affect physical and mental health. It could be a disagreement, a fight, a holiday, or another reason.
Parents often face busy a job, household duties, and raising children. These demands result in parenting stress.
Sources of parenting stress include income, long working hours, single parenting, marital or relationship tensions, or raising a child diagnosed with a behavioral disorder or developmental disability.
4. Our Daily Lives: Our daily stressors include misplacing keys, running late, and forgetting to bring an important item when leaving the house or office. These are usually just minor setbacks, but if they become frequent, they can become a source of anxiety affecting our physical and psychological health. The stress of being too busy is becoming more common
5. Change: Throughout our lives, we deal with change in many forms. Some changes are minor, and other changes may be more significant, leading to elevated stress levels. Stress can lead to numerous physiological changes.
When you experience stress, your body releases hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline. Stress hormones are necessary in the short term, but they will become problematic if your body is not able to rebalance after the danger passes. If your stress hormone levels remain high for too long, the risk of developing high blood pressure, having a stroke or heart attack increases.
Have you started a new job? moved to a new city? gotten married or divorced? or any other change?
6. Health: Stress left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
Are you sick or chronically ill?
Are you in pain?
Are you overweight and struggling?
7. Personality: Your personality traits and the resources you have available can be sources of stress.
Extroverts typically experience less stress in daily life while perfectionists may bring additional stress unnecessarily because of their standards.
8. Social Media: Social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter allow people to be more connected than ever before. However, it is also causing people to experience more stress than ever before. The research suggests that people who spend more than 2 hours per day on social media are more likely to report symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Many mental health professionals are increasingly worried about the impact social media has on people.
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