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Now that we have learned more about the different types of stress, let´s have a look at identifying stress triggers.
Stress is something everyone deals with, though each person usually has a different level of stress. So you are able to stop yours, you need to be able to know what is causing it. This you do by identifying the stress triggers, which might be situations, people, or events that lead you to feeling stressed out and anxious.
Identify Stress Triggers Through Journaling
A very common way to identify stress triggers is by keeping a journal or diary. This is where you record all of your thoughts and feelings each day.
Then look back into your journal when you have a stressful day. You should be able to point out people or situations that led to you feeling stressed on those days.
Remember to look back on your journal entries often to try to find a pattern to find out what was causing your stress. It may be a co-worker you work with often, eating too much junk food and feeling guilty because you are on a diet, or personal issues leading to your stress. Or maybe you are just trying to pack too many things into one day.
Consider Your Physical Changes
Your body as well can be showing signs of stress. You might not realize that this is what is going on. As an example, do you tend to get really bad headaches or muscle tension after dealing with a certain person? This is your body’s response to the stress that this specific person causes. You might additionally notice that when you are having a bad day at work or your car breaks down, you suddenly have stomach aches or other
digestion issues. These are other physical signs of stress.
When you recognize the physical signs of stress, you can then start to figure out what was going on just before you got those migraine headaches. This is a good way to find out what caused the stress.
Notice Your Behavioral Changes
You can also look at how your behavior changes. Try to pin point why you think you are behaving in a different way. Then you can work out what causes the feeling of stress. To give you an idea: If you are suddenly having restless nights or are sleeping too much, think about what was going on those days. You should be able to see what happened and is causing you stress.
Some other behavior changes to look for when identifying stress triggers are anger or resentment towards others, lashing out, being irritable, eating more or less than you used to, or having changes in your work performance.
Or there is this one person in your life you meet, have a chat and afterwards, you are feeling low. Nothing that has been said could have caused it, but there seems to be something.
Only when you are clear on the stress triggers, you can start acting accordingly and reduce stress in your life. Identifying stress triggers is important as well to start being able to stop yourself from getting stressed. Sometimes just a “Stop!” in your head and a deep breath can prevent stress from coming out, if you know the warning signs.
Have you been able to identify some of your stress triggers? Let me know in the comments.
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