As we have seen in the definition of stress page, one of the main causes of stress is the stress hormones that are released into our system, but do not get used up.
These hormones manifest as various symptoms of stress in our body - like stress headaches and depression - having us to resort to a variety of anxiety and stress management techniques, stress relievers or stress reducer tips.
Generally speaking, most stress causes seem to originate due to external triggers. A lot of times, these triggers themselves are beyond our control.
Rain on your outdoor picnic day could be a simple example. Of course we all experience problems bigger than rain, at one time or another in our lives.
Some of the main causes of stress are lifestyle events - Death in the family, Divorce, Illness and Job loss ranking way up there as the big ones.
And the causes of stress need not always be bad events in our life. Statistics show that marriage, considered the happiest day of their lives by many people, is also a significant contributor to stress.
A closer observation reveals that, these external triggers lead to internal reactions within our body. For example, by extending the rain analogy from above, the rain could lead to frustration and disappointment in not being able to fulfill our plans.
These negative feelings become your internal "stressors" that could prompt your brain to release the stress hormones. Since there is no physical fight or flight involved here, these hormones remain in your body, unused.
So, while it may seem that the rain was the cause of stress you just experienced, the REAL culprit here is how you felt about the rain.
It is your frustration and disappointment over the rain, that lead you to the anxiety you just experienced.
Internal Stressors. It is how you REACT to the external triggers that determines the level of anxiety you experience.
Almost every negative feeling that you have ever experienced, can be put under this list of internal stress triggers.
and many more.
These negative feelings we experience from time to time, are the main causes of stress. All of these have their fair share of contribution in increasing our anxiety levels and adversely affecting our health.
So how to manage stress and conquer it before it conquers you?
Tackle the main causes of stress, the internal stressors, by going over the various stress management techniques in this website.
Additionally, you may try soothing self hypnosis sessions that can naturally relieve the tense feelings in your body, and help you feel better quickly.