Why Are We So Stressed Out?

The emergence and rapid spread of the Coronavirus pandemic and the seemingly endless media reports of the devastation associated with said ailment has increased the stress levels of many people over the last several weeks. Unfortunately, however, numerous individuals face intense stress even when the world is not contending with quarantines and social distancing. The following article attempts to answer why this is the case.

Personal Responsibilities

Many people are saddled with a variety of personal responsibilities. Parenting is arguably the toughest job anyone can have. Ensuring one’s children remain healthy, make good decisions and mature into reputable adults is an ongoing worry. Additionally, others may be responsible for the welfare of aging parents.

Professional Pressure

Those who hold any type of job faces at least a certain degree of pressure on a regular basis. Issues like deadlines, complicated tasks and demanding superiors often render one’s vocational life stressful.

Financial Struggles

Many people live paycheck to paycheck. Even those fortunate enough to possess some degree of financial security live with the knowledge that they are one bad break away from potentially serious financial problems.

Life Circumstances

Even during the best of times, individuals face everyday pressures. However, mostly everyone will face challenging, altered or unexpected life circumstances from time to time. Difficult occasions like the declining health or death of a family member or other close relation, divorce, marriage and having children can place additional and, in some cases, immediate new demands upon the shoulders of impacted persons.

Past Trauma

Unfortunately, certain subjects cope with the added stress related to experiencing traumatic events associated with being victimized by accidents or criminal activity.

Mental Illness

Sometimes stress is precipitated by mental illnesses like social disorders, anxiety and depression.

Fear

Some people live in fear of potential traumatic events like terrorism or potentially detrimental natural phenomena like earthquakes, fires and hurricanes. Moreover, it is worth reiterating the fear and panic numerous individuals are currently living with due to the proliferation of the Coronavirus has precipitated paralyzing fright.

Personal Perceptions

Individual perception could have a significant impact upon one’s stress levels. Two people facing an identical situation might interpret said circumstances differently based upon their beliefs. For example, the same two subjects could wake up to find their car has a flat tire. The individual who adopts the “it could have been worse” attitude and quickly remediates the problem is less likely to feel stress about the situation. However, another person could adopt the philosophy that said event is the worst thing that could happen to anyone often increases their stress levels dramatically.

Comparison And Unrealistic Expectations

Countless individuals experience self-imposed stress thanks to comparing themselves to others and establishing unrealistic expectations. In many instances, persons demonstrate a tendency to compare themselves to others and yearn to have all their dreams come true overnight

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