Causes and Indicators of Stress

"Stress occurs when pressure exceeds your perceived ability to cope”

- S. Palmer, 1999

Symptoms of Stress

Some examples of behavioural aspects of stress:

  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Changes sleep patterns
  • Increased alcohol consumption
  • Increased smoking
  • Nail biting & other habits
  • Neglecting looks/hygiene
  • Social withdrawal
  • Becoming more agitated and irritable
  • Absenteeism/workaholic
  • Tiredness
  • Lack of interest in people and yourself.

As stress increases in the modern world so does research into it. It is now strongly linked to a lot of major illnesses, both mentally and physically. It can affect our sleep, appetite, mood, decision making, relationships and general health.  It can also heighten anxiety and lead to depression, in some cases.

Some physiological conditions that have been linked to stress:

  • Ulcers
  • IBS
  • Blood pressure
  • CHD
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Allergies and skin conditions
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Some Cancers

It is nearly impossible to reduce stress from our lives, however, learning how to deal with it, being prepared for it and managing it, will improve both our mental and physical well-being. We can even use stress to our advantage in certain situations.

Contact me to learn how to manage your stress so you improve your quality of life.

Causes of Stress

So what are the most common cause of stress?

Any of this list are well-known reasons for stress – which can all get worse if you try to do 2, 3 or more at the same time.

  • Moving house
  • Divorce
  • Bereavement
  • Money worries
  • Unemployment
  • Family conflicts
  • Pressure to perform

However, Stress can be caused by anything. It is our perception of both what has happened and our ability to cope or overcome it, that causes the problem.

Everyone has their own “stressors”, these are what trigger our stress response. ‘Stressors’ can be unique to us or normal common everyday things. Sometimes ‘stressors’ form part of everyday life and can’t be avoided.

Contact me to learn how to manage your stress so you improve your quality of life.