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Biggest Causes of Stress – The Real Cause Is Faulty Perception


There are two main classifications of stress – acute and chronic. Acute stress is normal in modern life and can be caused due to any information or event that gives rise to unpleasant feelings.

Some stressors that cause acute but short-lived stress are events such as being caught in a traffic jam, watching an unpleasant movie, deadline related work pressure or even the absence of work. Chronic stress caused due to a continued state of stress that refuses to go away.

Basically, stress is a matter of perception and therefore the manner in which one thinks about things and events is one of the biggest causes of stress. A stressor does not cause stress on its own. It is the manner in which it is perceived that causes the stress. It is thus impossible to conclusively predict accurately for all what the largest causes of stress may be.

For some people financial troubles are far more stressing than relationship problems while for others an unhappy spouse can cause more stress than an impending deadline at work.

The most common causes of stress are believed to be financial, workplace related, health issues, and domestic or relationship issues. But if we look deeply into each of these broad classifications, the basic cause in these too boils down to individual perception and the way one thinks.

One individual may be too happy to have lots of spare time at work while the other might complain about the same situation and fret about becoming redundant. Some people are stressed because they have too much to do while others would look at it as an opportunity to show their abilities.

Similarly, many people would rather limit their expenses or strive to excel and seek promotions rather than crib about their relatively lower compensation.

Health issues too are taken lightly by some and others take it as a part of existence and try to manage it without feeling too stressed about it. But there are still others that take small recurring colds as likely threats to life and fret about the consequences of such a problem.

The above really brings out the fact that almost everything has stress potential. This is because it is the thinking that causes stress and not the event. The reality is that stress or stress-free life is dependent upon how our brain interprets the data provided by our senses. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” – Shakespeare

The fundamental truth is that we are all born equal and inborn intelligences do not differ as much as many would like to believe. The fact is that we use only a miniscule percentage of our brain’s capabilities and this is true of Einstein also.

If a person experiences anxiety while constantly thinking about a stressor, the stress response of ‘fight or flight’ is liable to remain activated for longer period of time. This can lead to physiological and psychological disorders.

Managing stress is the only option available for people who face such situations because potentially stressful events are beyond your control.

Shake away negativity and understand that it is easy to relieve stress if we really want to do so. A stress-free life is possible if by developing a habit of looking at the positive side of events.

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3 Responses to Biggest Causes of Stress – The Real Cause Is Faulty Perception

  1. Reflexology London November 6, 2008 at 5:15 pm #

    Agreed to all the points. Stress can be treated extremelly well with Reflexology as well. The body and the mind are interconnected. Some minds just refuse to relax and the body gets stressed as a result. Reflexology can help you change your perceptions and bring piece to your mind. This is achieved via gentle massage on your feet.

  2. Alex Tarallo September 9, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    This is so true although it can be really hard to remember when one is ‘stressed’ Any way, this is a good reminder to take a deep breath and gain perspective before letting your adrenal glands flood your body with stress hormones which have really bad effects on your well-being.

    • Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT September 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

      Hi Alex, thanx for the input! Stress, in my opinion, is the beginning of nearly every disease we know simply for the fact that it lowers our immunity which in turn opens the door to infection and decreases our ability to fight disease. So, stress management is important, but avoiding stress is crucial. :)


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