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Causes of stress. The situations and pressures that cause stress are known as stressors. … Of course, not all stress is caused by external factors. Stress can also be internal or self-generated, when you worry excessively about something that may or may not happen, or have irrational, pessimistic thoughts about life.

Examples of life stresses are:
  • The death of a loved one.
  • Divorce.
  • Loss of a job.
  • Increase in financial obligations.
  • Getting married.
  • Moving to a new home.
  • Chronic illness or injury.
  • Emotional problems (depression, anxiety, anger, grief, guilt, low self-esteem)
  • Physical symptoms of stress include:
    • Low energy.
    • Headaches.
    • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea.
    • Aches, pains, and tense muscles.
    • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat.
    • Insomnia.
    • Frequent colds and infections.
    • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability.


    Some examples of good ways to deal with stress:
    1. Take some deep breaths.
    2. Talk to someone you trust.
    3. Create a stress diary, note down when you feel stressed and why.
    4. Have a health check with your doctor.
    5. Exercise.
    6. Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
    7. Try to avoid smoking, alcohol and caffeine.
    8. Make time for things you enjoy.

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