Find out what are the most common causes of stress

Stress can be caused by day-to-day concerns, such as a lot of work demands, heavy traffic, not having time for leisure or even the appearance of some illness in the family.

Stressful situations happen all the time, but they only cause stress when there are too many or when you can't solve them, causing tension in the body and a feeling of needing to always be alert.

13 main causes of stress

The main causes of stress are related to situations that can cause anxiety, such as:

  • New job or overcharging at work;
  • Loss of a job;
  • Desire for social approval;
  • Not having time for leisure;
  • Intense competition at work and in the family;
  • Lose a lot of time in traffic due to accidents and traffic jams;
  • Excessive concern with bills to pay;
  • Accumulate debts;
  • Chronic diseases;
  • Fears, such as assault, kidnapping, rape, accident;
  • Feeling uncomfortable, cold or hot, inappropriate clothing;
  • Anxiety;
  • Low self esteem.

These situations activate the brain and the release of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which lead the person to a state of being always alert, causing physical manifestations such as rapid heartbeat, feeling of pain in the chest or throat, shortness of breath, tremors , cold sweat and intense irritability.

Thus, if you are not looking for ways to combat stress, the symptoms can get worse, causing or worsening some diseases such as depression, high blood pressure, inflammation of the skin or gastric ulcer.

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How to treat stress

To treat this problem it is recommended to try to avoid situations that cause stress, in addition to doing relaxing activities, such as talking to someone, taking a vacation, traveling or practicing physical activities.

Some natural recipes can also help to reduce the feeling of anxiety and malaise, such as chamomile or valerian teas, for example. Check out some tips for natural recipes to combat stress, in the video:

When symptoms are more intense, psychotherapy is recommended, which helps to gain self-awareness and develop strategies to control stress, or take anxiolytic drugs, prescribed by the general practitioner or psychiatrist.

See more about the steps to get rid of stress.