Sometimes it seems that there is a virtually endless list of issues in our lives contributing to our stress. Dealing with the demands of college, work, relationships, and financial commitments can seem overwhelmingly stressful at times.
As individuals, we each have unique stress triggers. While stressors may vary from one person to the next, many of the human responses to stress are almost universal. When we get stressed the physiological, cognitive and emotional responses can negatively impact our work, relationships and well-being. Repeated acute stress and chronic (persistent) stress can negatively impact our health by triggering physiological responses that impact healthy functions in a number of body systems (musculoskeletal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous and reproductive systems).
At Endeavor Psychology, we work with clients to identify stress triggers and help implement tools and techniques that our clients can use to manage stress. We utilize a variety of psychotherapy and behavioral medicine techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
What are the most common causes of stress?
While everyone has unique stress triggers, there are many common causes of stress for Americans. Among these, work and relationship difficulties are reported as the most frequent stressors. Take a look at the following list of common causes of stress; how many are stress triggers for you?:
Engaging in school work at the college level poses a host of unique stressors that sometimes can become overwhelming. Some of these stressors include:
- Adjusting to a new environment (e.g., new city, living on own or with roommates for the first time)
- Detaching from parents and developing independence
- Facing a new level of academic challenges
- Developing relationships
- Considering career path
- Balancing academic and social life
Many of us face personal and professional stress at work, including:
- Being unhappy in your job
- Having too much responsibility or unclear expectations
- Working long hours
- Dealing with poor management or limited involvement in decision-making
- Working under taxing or dangerous conditions
- Feeling unsure about advancement potential or worried about termination
- Facing discrimination or harassment at the workplace
Everyone faces stress triggers in life. Some of the most stress-inducing life events include:
- Dealing with the loss of a loved one
- Financial obligations
- Major life transitions — getting married, having children, adjusting to empty nest
- Moving to a new home
- Dealing with a health problem – either your own or a loved one
- Experiencing emotional problems (depression, anxiety, grief, guilt, low self-confidence)
- Experiencing trauma – natural disaster, violence, sudden injury
In addition to the external stressors that we face at school, work and in our lives, the following intrinsic stressors can also raise our stress levels:
- Uncertainty, anxiety or fear
- Attitudes, beliefs and perceptions about life events that are unsettling
- Changes/transitions – including health transitions, career transitions, and other life transitions
How can Endeavor Psychology help me manage my stress?
At Endeavor Psychology, we understand the multitude of stressors and serious effects of stress – which can take a toll on your mental and physical health, relationships, studies, work and overall wellbeing. We draw heavily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to develop stress management plans that are tailored to the individual’s stress triggers, experiences, thoughts and beliefs in order to help the client cope with stress and achieve psychological and physical health goals.
If you or someone you care about needs help managing stress, please contact us for a consultation.