I know, I know – we’ve talked about this already, right? Let’s dig deeper!
At first, this might seem straightforward – but it’s not that simple. That’s because stress actually comes from three types of sources: (1) events and situations (including those that involve other people), (2) thoughts (your ideas, perceptions, and beliefs), and (3) negative emotions (such as anxiety, anger, and depression). And to complicate things further, these sources of stress are linked together. So, to manage stress effectively, you’ll need to understand your own situational triggers, stress-provoking thinking patterns, and stress-inducing emotional states.
Situations, Thoughts, and Feelings: How are they related?
You’ve read in earlier posts that everyone experiences stressful situations uniquely. It’s definitely an individual reaction. Even though anyone would be stressed out by an unexpected job loss, or lose sleep at night worrying about a child whose grades have plummeted, right? Of course these situations would stress an individual. Everyone experiences most situations and events differently. As a matter of fact, two people can be in the same negative circumstance, but their individual stress levels may be completely different. [Read more…] about What’s Stressing You Out?