Some situations that are common stressors for many people include financial uncertainty, troublesome relationships and health concerns. Herbert Benson, M.D. has researched and published a list of stressors (such as marriage, divorce, deaths in the family), and given them scores, the higher the more likely they are to be troublesome. You can find many references to this scale by using Major Life Event Stress Scale in a search engine to evaluate your stressors and how serious they are to your health. I will continue to write about common ways to manage these kinds of situations.
But many stressed people either don’t know what exactly stresses them or, on the other hand, almost everything seems stressful. Per Anxiety Association of America’s email to me:
“This holiday season is particularly challenging. Whether you’re worried about your job, college tuition, retirement savings, or buying gifts, few of us have been unscathed by our turbulent economy. Even so, most of you recognize that your anxiety is normal and you’re able to carry on with daily activities.
But for some people, anxiety isn’t just a consequence of distressing news. It is persistent, severe, unprovoked, and irrational, and it makes even the most mundane tasks — driving kids to school, standing in line at the store, meeting a friend for lunch seem overwhelming, if not impossible.”
Are you feeling stressed? Take advantage of my offer for a free ½ hour telephone consultation NOW to greatly reduce anxiety by learning scientifically proven methods that will help you with your unique problems. You can learn more about my approach to stress management at my personal website found here. What have you got to lose except your stress?
References: Stress Management: Approaches for preventing and reducing stress. A Harvard Medical School Special Health Report.