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Stress may be one thing everyone experiences. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t get help. And it doesn´t mean that stress is stress. Before you can find a good way to relax though, you need to know the source of the stress you are experiencing. There are many different types of stress that can occur in your life, from work to relationship stress. Let´s have a closer look at them:
Acute and Chronic Stress
Two common types of stress are acute and chronic stress. All other types of stress will fit into one of these categories as they can be acute or chronic. Acute stress is more about individual situations. Situations which will lead to you feeling stressed out. Such as your car breaking down or a relationship ending.
With chronic stress, it is something you experience regularly. This might be due to work, finances, or other problems in your life that tend to keep happening over and over again. Chronic stress can also be caused by a simple overwhelming feeling that you can’t quite keep up with everything in your life. You are so overwhelmed on a regular basis that you experience stress almost constantly. In most cases, it is recommendable to get professional help if you suffer from chronic stress. There are cases where lifestyle changes and a more mindful life can help, but not always on their own.
And don´t think getting professional help means that you have a “screw loose”. If you feel that you cannot get out of chronic stress, then look at getting help this way: Everyone needs help at some point in their life with something. There´s nothing wrong with asking for help.
So now we have looked at the 2 types of stress, let´s find out what can cause them.
Personal and Relationship Stress
A very common reason to be stressed lays in your personal life, particularly with a relationship, family, or kids. This type of stress could be acute but is often related to chronic stress.
You want your children to be safe and grow up healthy. So this can lead to being stressed about them almost constantly. An acute form of stress might be going through a divorce or feeling like your personal life is not quite what you want it to be.
Work and Financial Stress
Another pretty common area of stress in your life may be related to your job or your finances. Or a little of both. This can go from having a really good job, but not having enough time for anything but work, to where you bring your work home with you. Another way your job can stress you out is if you just don’t like it or you don’t get on well with your co-workers. You might have financial stress like worrying about how to pay your bills, not advancing enough in your career, or being faced with last-minute expenses and no clue how to take care of them.
Time stress is a bit more specific to the time you have available each day to get things done. This can also cause either chronic or acute stress. You might feel that you are so busy that there is rarely enough time to get things done on a daily basis. You could as well have time stress related to work or financial stress.
And then there is stress caused by a combination of the above. When personal, time and work stress combine they can make a toxic mix and a warning sign that something needs to change in your life.
Stress can trigger health problems and can cause addiction. But getting sober can cause additional stress. If you need more information about recovery and how to deal with stress in the process, I can only recommend you reading through posts on The Joyous Family or listen to their podcast.
Which of these types of stress is the most common in your life? Let me know in the comments.