Causes of Stress

What are the causes of your stress?

Causes of stress may vary from one person to another. One condition may bother a person while the same condition may not mean anything to another person.

Childhood trauma

Long-term stress is the effect of a traumatic childhood. Childhood trauma can cause physical stress on the child throughout his or her life. Examples of children who experience long term stress or psychological stress are those who were abused in their own homes, those who grew up in the care or those who lived with an alcoholic or drug abuser parent or guardian.

Death of a loved one

Death of your spouse or child is one of the most stressful events in a life of a person. Stress gets worse when you inherit the burden of paying the debt of your loved one such as that of your spouse who just died. Another case of additional stress out of a death of a spouse is the burden of taking care of the children by your own especially if all the children are still minors.

Other causes of stress are problems relating to your finances, work  pressure, health issues, failed personal relationship, a close relative with sickness, pregnancy and danger you always face when outside your home or when traveling.

Finances

A mortgage foreclosure is one leading cause of stress based on the Holmes-Raye stress assessment scale. Poor people, bankrupt individuals and those with a lot of debts usually experience high stress levels.

Work-related

Men and women who have demanding jobs or jobs that require them to work for long hours are subjected to a lot of stress which may stretch even up to their homes. Pressure exerted by your boss, deadlines in workload as well as sarcastic office mates can make you worry a lot since you usually spend a lot of time in your workplace. Sales personnel can even be stressed by some customers aside from the pressure and demands from your superiors.

When you feel constantly stressed with work, you’ll end up feeling burned out of all your energy. Manage your stress and learn how to recover from burnt out .

Illness

A chronic illness such as cancer and diabetes can really bring a lot of stress to the patient as well as to the immediate family who needs to see that the patient should get well and be treated. The duration of the treatment or the treatment as well including the medical costs are instant causes of stress for both the patient and the family.

Heartbreak

A person with a broken heart is not free from stress since he or she suffers a lot of depression and loneliness during the early days of a breakup. Conflict between lovers or couples can also bring a lot of stress that is why it is better to settle the problem as soon as possible.

Risk of accidents

The risk of accidents when traveling or driving a vehicle can also cause stress either long term or short term especially if the person is traveling in dangerous places such as flooded streets or a dimly lit road.

Check your stress level from Holmes and Raye Life Events Scale. Find out how much stress you had in the last 6 months or 12 months. Use the result to find good stress management activities that are healthy and constructive.

Life Event


Value

1

Death of spouse

100

2

Divorce

73

3

Marital separation

65

4

Jail term

63

5

Death of close family member

63

6

Personal injury or illness

53

7

Marriage

50

8

Fired at work

47

9

Marital reconciliation

45

10

Retirement

45

11

Change in health of family member

44

12

Pregnancy

40

13

Sex difficulties

39

14

Gain of new family member

39

15

Business readjustment

39

16

Change in financial state

38

17

Death of close friend

37

18

Change to a different line of work

36

19

Change in number of arguments with spouse

35

20

A large mortgage or loan

31

21

Foreclosure of mortgage or loan

30

22

Change in responsibilities at work

29

23

Son or daughter leaving home

29

24

Trouble with in-laws

29

25

Outstanding personal achievement

28

26

Spouse begins or stops work

26

27

Begin or end school/college

26

28

Change in living conditions

25

29

Revision of personal habits

24

30

Trouble with boss

23

31

Change in work hours or conditions

20

32

Change in residence

20

33

Change in school/college

20

34

Change in recreation

19

35

Change in church activities

19

36

Change in social activities

18

37

A moderate loan or mortgage

17

38

Change in sleeping habits

16

39

Change in number of family get-togethers

15

40

Change in eating habits

15

41

Vacation

13

42

Christmas

12

43

Minor violations of the law

11

If you get 300+ score, then there is high or extremely high risk that you will be sick in the near future.

Score of 150-299 means that you have moderate to high risk hat you will be sick in the near future.

Score of less than 150 means you have low to moderate risk hat you will be sick in the near future.