We can feel anxious because of huge challenges. But that’s not the only reason for stress. Here are the top sources of small daily stress – which can harm our mood and health. Plus get their remedies too!
[Note: I’m the founder of the bestselling video course, The Anxiety Cure. My research-based tools have helped many thousands of people around the world to find more calm in their lives. Learn more here!]
The business of living is stressful. It seems to be getting worse all the time. We’re all have many reasons to feel major anxiety: health worries, bereavement, job loss, even natural disasters.
We also know that stress can be quite literally a killer. It has so many insidious ill effects, from making us more susceptible to disease, to ruining our sleep and even making us gain weight.
What we don’t realize, however, is all the causes of low level stress in our lives which aren’t quite so obvious.
By realizing what these sources of stress are, and making plans to cope with them, you can minimize their impact on you.
Developing your mindfulness – so that you can recognize when something is becoming a problematic stress factor in your life.
You can’t anticipate everything, But you can learn to tune in and understand when something is consistently affecting you negatively.
Below are 3 sources of spiraling stress (which can build up over time), and how to tackle them.
For some reason, being busy has become a competitive sport. We all like to demonstrate how busy we are as if it were a status symbol. Being busy and stressed is classed as a measure of success. For that reason, most of us feel that we have to cram more into a single day.
We try to tackle three tasks at once at all times, thinking that we’re being super efficient. But it turns out that we’re not.
Trying to work on several tasks at once results in a decrease in productivity and quality of work. Plus an increase in stress. Basically, it’s not a smart move.
Constantly having your attention divided by the latest thing popping up in your inbox actually leads to a greater variability in your heart rate. This is an indication of mental stress.
Retrain yourself to deep dive – giving your undivided attention to just one task for a span of time.
Far from slowing you down, this is a much more productive and efficient use of your time. When you “solo task” you will get more done. Plus you will decrease the likelihood that you’ll have to go back later to correct mistakes.
Money is a source of stress for most people at one time or another. Usually the monetary stress hits you hardest when a large unexpected bill comes in. A big bill can really send you spiraling into a negative cycle of credit and loans – which escalates stress in an painful way.
It’s a great idea to set yourself up with a small emergency fund to cover any unexpected costs and cushion the financial blow.
Having more of a margin in your monthly income can make a huge difference to financial stress.
We’re all spending more (and more) time on social media. Sometimes it seems like the only way we keep in touch with friends.
Unfortunately, studies have shown a direct correlation between the amount of time we spend on social media, happiness levels and stress.
Comparison is the thief of joy. Our lives can easily seem less exciting than the filtered reality we see on our feeds.
You don’t have to completely cancel your accounts. Simply taking regular breaks can have many beneficial mental effects and reduce daily stress. Plus, spending less time in social media and more time being social can help to improve your real world relationships too.
Just because life can get crazy doesn’t mean YOU must go crazy. You can experience outer chaos, and still find inner peace.
Check out The Anxiety Cure – my bestselling video course – which you can do in under 10 minutes a day.
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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