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Causes of Stress

by Trevor Dumbleton

Copyright 2005 Trevor Dumbleton

In order to eliminate or at least control stress, it is

vital to know and understand the causes of stress. Of

course, there are many causes of stress and they are as

varied as the people who suffer from stress, but there are

a few places to look first. And by learning about these

causes of stress, you can figure out where stress is

entering your life.

One of the most common, and most complained about, causes

of stress is work. However, it is not only the day-to-day

tasks and routine pressures of work that can lead to

stress. In fact, the mere concern about keeping a job can

be a source of stress. Unfortunately, the combined stress

of both work itself and the possibility of losing it

creates a sort of double-stress in which people feel they

have to work even harder in order to keep their jobs,

making the stress that much worse.

As well, for those who have not entered the working world

yet, school can be a great source of stress. The constant

pressure of schoolwork, friends, teachers, tests, quizzes,

papers, and everything else can be enough to make anyone

feel like they are in trapped in a vice. In addition, the

deadlines are all immoveable, so students are constantly

under time pressure. And, to make matters worse, there are

often several deadlines overlapping each other,

intensifying the demands on time. Then, once final exams

arrive, there is a lot to re-learn and students need to

spend so much time studying that they can barely sleep.

Needless to say, losing sleep does not help people who are

under stress. Thus, students need to manage stress just as

much as people who work.

Another cause of stress is simple family life.

Unfortunately, though we hope that our home lives can be

sources of relief from daily stress, they can often be

sources of stress all their own. For childen as well as

parents and spouses, the home can often be its own source

of pressure.

For parents, stress can often come from simply worrying

about their children. After all, seeing a child grow up,

make mistakes, go through school, go to college, play

sports, and often learn things to hard way is enough to

make a parent tear their hair out. Thus, despite the joy

that children can bring, they can also be causes of stress

and worry.

Unfortunately, parents can be causes of stress also.

Though they often have their childrens' best interests in

mind, they can also put a lot of pressure onto their

children, causing them to worry not only about school or

life, but also how their parents will react when they hear

about some new event, success, or error. It is as though

there is no place to turn when things go wrong, creating

extra stress. No, it is not easy being a parent, but it

isn't always easy being a child or a teenager either, since

parents can often be causes of stress as much as sources of

comfort from it.

On top of that, spouses can also be causes on stress.

Let's face it, husbands and wives often have expectations

of their significant others and it is not always easy to

live up to those expectations. As well, spouses often

spend a lot of time avoiding certain arguments simply

because they are trying to avoid stress. However, leaving

tension in the air while not resolving it can be a cause of


Money is also a major cause of stress, simply for the fact

that there never seems to be enough of it. Thus, as the

money keeps going out but it never seems to come in enough,

stress just keeps mounting. Unfortunately, spouses,

children and sometimes parents can often remind us of our

shortfalls and they will often increase the stress. Of

course, that is to say nothing of the continual reminders

from the mortgage or rent, car payments, credit cards and

other bills. And, furthermore, it is rather difficult to

be philosophical about money stress since attempting to put

things into perspective only recalls thoughts about the

money that always seems to be missing. Thus, money stress

just keeps piling up higher and higher and there never

seems to be a way out.

Though this is only a partial list of all the possible

causes of stress, these are some of the most common

sources. However, no matter where the problem is arising,

stress will not make them better. Rather, stress will only

make it harder for people to think about their problems and

try to solve them. Thus, in order to solve the problems

that lead to stress, the best place to start is by managing

the stress, then working to solve the problems with a clear

and uncluttered mind.

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