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What Are The Main Causes of Stress?

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Updated May 13, 2014

What Are The Main Causes of Stress?
Question: What Are The Main Causes of Stress?
I'm experiencing significant stress, and would like to cut down on the daily stress I feel. (I also wonder if I'm alone in the type of thing that stress me.) What are the main causes of stress?
Answer: Many people experience stress on a daily basis, and many of the stressors are the same for everyone. Some people are, by nature or habit, more susceptible to stress, or more likely to be stressed by something that would more easily roll off someone else's back. However, according to a poll on this site, as well as other research, the following are causes of stress to a good portion of the population:
  • Jobs and The Workplace
  • Financial Problems
  • Personal Relationships
  • Children
  • Daily Hassles / Being Too Busy
Fortunately, this site has resources to help you deal with these issues. You'll also find information and tools you can use to calm down quickly when you feel overwhelmed, and develop more resilience to stress that comes your way. The following resources can help:
  • Find More Satisfaction At Your Current Job: Some jobs increase your risk for burnout. Here are some specific things you can do to keep yourself happier and less stressed.
  • How and Why You Should Maintain Healthy Friendships: Relationships can be a great buffer against stress -- or a major cause of it. Here's what you need to know to develop a social life that supports your happiness.
  • Financial Stress: The Secrets To Stressing Less Over Your Finances: Do you stress about money? You're not alone. People in all income brackets experience financial stress. Here's what you need to know to be financially free and stress-less.
  • Are You Your Own Worst Enemy? Some people are more vulnerable to stress and its effects because of their way of seeing and approaching the world. Do you cause yourself unnecessary stress with negative thinking or behavior patterns? (You may be surprised!) Here you'll find information and self-assessment tools to get you into a healthier frame of mind so you can experience less stress without having to change your whole lifestyle.
  • Feeling Overwhelmed? 5 Ways to Calm Down Quickly: Sometimes stressful situations seem to compound quickly, and suddenly we feel overwhelmed and over-stressed. Here are five easy ways to calm down quickly and get back into a frame of mind that allows you to tackle your problems in a more rational manner.
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