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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
|1||Death of spouse||100|
|5||Death of close family member||63|
|6||Personal injury or illness||53|
|8||Fired at work||47|
|11||Change in health of family member||44|
|14||Gain of new family member||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|
|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.