Five Common Stress-Causing Beliefs and Feelings

Five Common Stress-Causing Beliefs and Feelings

Stress can come from many sources, including other people, circumstances, and situations. An overlooked cause of stress is our internal experience based on beliefs and feelings. How we think and feel can be significant sources of stress.

Here are five common stress-causing beliefs and feelings:

Thinking you have to do or should do what is expected of you. Society, family, friends – they all have their expectations. But constantly feeling like you have to meet those expectations can pile on the pressure and leave you feeling stressed.

Fearing you will disappoint others. Nobody wants to let people down, but constantly worrying about disappointing others can lead to a whole lot of stress. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to prioritize your own well-being sometimes.

Feeling responsible for others’ happiness. It’s natural to want the people around you to be happy, but feeling like it’s your job to make them happy all the time can be exhausting and stressful.

Needing to put others’ needs before yours. Being kind and caring is great, but constantly putting other people’s needs before your own can leave you feeling drained and stressed out. Remember, it’s okay to take care of yourself too.

Believing you don’t have a choice. Sometimes, we convince ourselves that we’re stuck in certain situations and that we don’t have any other options. But believing you have no choice can leave you feeling trapped and stressed. It’s important to remember that you always have options, even if they’re not immediately obvious.

What can you do about these stress-causing beliefs, thoughts, and feelings?

The first step is recognizing them. Once you’re aware of the thoughts and feelings causing you stress, you can challenge them. Remember, you have the power to change your mindset and find healthier ways of thinking and feeling. And if you need a little help along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, family, or a professional for support.

For more ways to deal with the root causes of stress, check out my book, Empowered You.

Take care, and remember to be kind to yourself.