Why Are We So Stressed Out?

We are living in very trying and tough times and things don’t seem to be getting any easier. Sometimes life can seem terribly painful and unfair, yet somehow, we manage to struggle on, day after day, hoping and praying that things will soon get better. (“Stress Management (3) Why Are we Always So STRESSED OUT?”)

“But day by day the world is becoming a crazier and more uncertain place to live in, not to mention stressful.” (“Why Are We So Stressed?”) Nothing seems safe anymore. Millions of people are in record levels of debt. Many are losing their jobs, their homes, their health and sometimes even their sanity. (“Why Are We So Stressed?”) Worry, depression, and anxiety seem to have become a way of life for way too many people.

We seem to have entered the Age of Anxiety. In fact, in 2002, the cover of Time magazine proclaimed this loud and clear on one of their covers as the featured story in that issue. The constant stress and uncertainties of living in the 21st century have certainly taken their toll, and as a result many of us seem to live a life of constant fear and worry. (“Why Are We So Stressed Out? | Angel Messenger”)

When the terrorist attacks happened on September 11, this constant stress and worry seemed to just be magnified. In fact, many people even now four years later report they are still scared that something of that magnitude could happen again – closer to them. (“ELIMINATE STRESS AND ANXIETY FROM YOUR LIFE”)

Turn on the news or open a newspaper and we are bombarded with disturbing images and stories. We begin to wonder if we are safe anywhere. (“Stress Management (3) Why Are we Always So STRESSED OUT?”) In this, the information age, never have we had so much access to so much data.

The economy is another stressor. Our country is in debt and so are many Americans. Soaring gas prices, outrageous housing costs, even the cost of food has sent many Americans to work in jobs that are unsatisfying and tedious. They work these jobs because they need a paycheck. Today, it is more important to bring home the bacon rather than work in a dream career. (“Why Are We So Stressed?”)

“Having more women in the workplace adds to the stress.” (“Stress Management (3) Why Are we Always So STRESSED OUT?”) So many women feel the need to be everything to everyone and that includes a paycheck earner, housekeeper, mom, wife, daughter, and sibling. (“ELIMINATE STRESS AND ANXIETY FROM YOUR LIFE”) The only problem with that is some women just do not make any time for themselves thus contributing to their stress levels being at an all-time high. (“Stress Management (3) Why Are we Always So STRESSED OUT?”)

Even children can feel the pressure of stress and anxiety. Teenagers who want to go to college find themselves pushing themselves during their studies to try and obtain scholarships so they can attend schools that have ever increasing tuition costs. (“Why Are We So Stressed Out? | Angel Messenger”)

“They find themselves having to hold down part-time jobs on top of all that to earn money for extras that their parents can no longer afford.” (“They find themselves having to hold down”) Add peer pressure into the mix and you have a veritable pressure cooker!

“Cell phones, internet, palm pilots, blackberries, I-pods – we are always on the go and always reachable.” (“Stress Management (3) Why Are we Always So STRESSED OUT?”) We do not be available to relax and enjoy life anymore. Why not? We certainly should!

We feel pressure to do these things because we think we MUST, not because we WANT to. All too often, it is difficult for people to just say “No.” Not saying that one little word piles up unneeded expectations and obligations that make us feel anxious. (“ELIMINATE STRESS AND ANXIETY FROM YOUR LIFE”)

All of us will experience situations that may cause us to become stressed or feel anxious. The reasons are too many to note but can include, buying a property, having guests stay over (in-laws!), being bullied, exams, looking after children, managing finances, relationship issues, traveling etc. (“Why Are We So Stressed Out? | Angel Messenger”)

Stress is a ‘normal’ function of everyday life. Only when it appears to take over our lives does it then become a problem. (“How to Eliminate Stress and Anxiety (Julie Morgan)”)

Everyone will have varied reasons why a situation causes them pressure. As a rule, it is usually when we do not feel in control of a situation, then we feel its grip tightening around us causing us to feel worried or ‘stressed.’ (“Stress Management (3) Why Are we Always So STRESSED OUT?”)

“If stress is caused by us not feeling in control of a situation, the answer is to try and reverse this, and regain that control.” (“Stress Management (3) Why Are we Always So STRESSED OUT?”) The good news is: YOU CAN!

You have everything inside you that you need to overcome your stress and the accompanying anxiety. The problem is, often we do not realize that we are in control because we feel so out of control at time. (“Stress Symptoms”)

But the tools are there, you just must use them.

Let us first look at the barriers we put up that are preventing us from becoming healthy and getting rid of our anxiety and stress. (“Stress Management (3) Why Are we Always So STRESSED OUT?”)

Best Wishes, Coyalita

SEE TOMORROW: “Blocking Behaviors Keeping Your Stress Alive”

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