1. Many people worry about their health.
They stress about their existing health issues… or whether they’re doing enough to stay healthy. Wanting to be healthy is great. Obsessing over it isn’t.
2. Emotions can cause stress - like low self esteem
When someone hides who they truly are to fit in or be accepted by others, it can cause them to feel angry and lower their self esteem.
3. “Automatic Negative Thoughts”
It’s a term coined by Dr. Daniel Amen, which refers to thoughts that have a negative connotation to them.
For example I was driving on the freeway on the way to a conference and all of the sudden this thought popped into my head:
“What happens if my car breaks down and I can’t make it?”
But… My car has never broken down, and it didn’t that time, but that automatic negative thought popped into my head and caused some stress, irrational stress.
When these pop up, you need to ask yourself these questions immediately:
- Is this true?
- Does this thought have any basis in reality?
The answers usually reduce your stress pretty quick.
4. Employment and money can be stressful
Whether or not you like your job, it has things that can add stress to your life. Deadlines, irate customers, commuting in traffic, etc…
Financial stressors can include bills, children, school tuition and fees, mortgage payments, or living beyond your means.
5. Sometimes reality itself is stressful!
Being able to step away from reality for a short time is a lot less stressful, meditation and mindfulness are great ways to take a short break from everything going on in your life.