What Are Your Stress and Anxiety Triggers?

Patient Expert

No matter how hard you try, stress will sneak into your life when you least expect it. Whether at home or on the job, there will be times when stress will rear its ugly head. If you find that your stress level is at the boiling point more often than you would like to admit, you are not alone.

Studies from the National Institute of Mental Health and other medical surveys show that 70 to 80 percent of all visits to the doctor are for stress-related and stress-induced illnesses. In fact, stress contributes to an estimated 50 percent of all the illnesses in the United States. And the cost of job stress is estimated at $200 billion annually, including the cost of absenteeism, lost productivity and insurance claims.

Can you imagine what your life would be like without so much stress? No matter what situation you are in, once you identify your stress and anxiety triggers, you can be on the lookout for what lies ahead....and make some positive changes.

  • Here is a list of some of the common stress and anxiety triggers that affect many people:Too busy - Are you running on fast forward from the moment your alarm clock goes off until your head hits the pillow late at night? If your schedule is too busy, it can be the cause of stress attacks in your life. Evaluate your schedule carefully, and see if you can rearrange anything, or delegate tasks to others.
  • Too much responsibility - Whether you have too much responsibility at home or on the job, it can also be the source of the stress in your life. At home, make sure your spouse and/or children are pitching in and doing their fair share. On the job, make sure your coworkers and boss are not taking advantage of you by giving you too many responsibilities.

  • Poor environment - Believe it or not, the environment you live and work in can be a stress trigger. For example, if it is too noisy, too hot, too cold, etc., it can be cause problems that lead to stress.

  • Job insecurity - These days, it is not uncommon for people to be worried about their job. Every day the news reports are filled with stories of new job layoffs and cutbacks. If you are worried about your job (and if you will have one in the near future), it can cause stress in your life.

  • Health issues - If you are plagued by health issues, no matter how minor, it can also be a stress trigger. Speak with your doctor about any questions or worries you may have about any health issues in your life.

  • Financial worries - If your finances are in trouble, then you are definitely stressed.

  • Relationship issues - Whether it is with a spouse, a significant other, a coworker or a family friend, relationship issues can also trigger stress attacks.

  • Being unhappy - If you are not waking up and saying "Isn't it a great day to be alive!" chances are that you are experiencing some level of unhappiness in your life. And unhappy equals stress.