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Finding Your Causes of Stress

Many times when people are feeling stress they know the culprit. Other times we don’t even realize what is going on and where the stress is coming from. There are a lot of examples of this and I am sure everyone out there has had times when they look back and realize they were stressing about something and it was manifesting in a way that stress usually doesn’t take. It is not always easy to find your causes of stress but it is always important to know so you can avoid them or adapt to them.


Causes of stress

To find your hidden causes of stress you will need to know how it may manifest differently. It is different for everyone but there are some common feelings. Anxiety and anxious energy building up can be traced back to stress. Not having clarity of the mind when you usually would. Feeling tired or irritable. Causes of stress are usually so easy to identify but there are times when it is not apparent so we must pay attention to our body, mind, and emotions.

Be aware of how you are feeling and why you are feeling this way. You can solve many problems in your life by paying more attention to your daily life and how you are feeling. It is always good to take a step back from life and ponder the way it is going and where you feel it is headed. You are in charge of your future and identifying causes of stress is a step you can take to making everyday a better day. The future happens in the present, don’t think ahead too much and keep your focus in the present. Staying aware of the moment will enhance your life, your attention to your surroundings, your connection to friends and family, and so much more.

Be aware!

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Test Your Stress

This is a tricky subject since we are all so much different. One person can handle many stressors at the same time while another person has a hard time with just a couple or even one. Testing stress is still possible although it is hard to do accurately. Some stress test are out there like the Trier Social Stress Test which tried to single out effects of your personality in relation to dealing with stress. They do this in a lab however, so it really isn’t accessible to the general public.test-stress

There are test administered by psychologist called burn out tests. These tests of stress measure how close you are to being burnt out. They are usually used in combination with what is simply called stress tests; which will help you find all of the stress causing events and stimulus in your life. Combining these stress tests helps to get a better idea of how much more stress a person is able to take before they experience cognitive exhaustion (as defined in a previous article).

So there really aren’t a lot of great options to test stress. The best option in my opinion would be detailed self reflection. Consider writing a journal day to day. This is a great way to reflect on how you are feeling and what is causing you to feel this way. You can test your stress easier than anyone else can and I believe if done correctly it can be more effective. Come up with your own ideas on how you would best measure your stress. Think about your day as it happens and sum it up on paper. Reflect on this and gather a more detailed idea of the levels of your stress on a day to day basis. These are steps you can take for a happier tomorrow!

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