It’s not the events of our lives, which necessarily cause the stress response, rather the way we think about and respond to those events. So, even though the event itself is often blamed, it does not have to be the direct cause of the negative and undesirable psychological state that people often refer to as being or feeling stressed.
Brain chemistry and neurological functioning, combined with physiology, and other psychological factors are what combine to cause the kind of state referred to as ‘stress’.
What causes stress to be triggered?
There are many factors to consider when determining the external triggers that exist in a person’s life. Stress can be present in our personal or professional life — or a combination of both. And it varies greatly from one individual to another.
Any one of the following examples typically cause stress:
physical injury or health problems
death of a loved one
job loss or having a hard time finding work
being overwhelmed or finding the work difficult
breaking up with a partner or getting a divorce
broken relationships (family, relatives, friends, etc.)
being the carer for someone who needs a lot of support
problems with housing conditions
All of these events can trigger a response form the primitive parts of the brain, which include responses such as Depression, Anxiety, Anger, or Burnout. However, there are always exceptions, and it’s important that we our successes..
What causes these events to be experienced as stressful?
Each and every anxiety we have is caused by negative thinking. Negative thoughts about the past, present, or future are all accumulated and stored for our minds to process later. Of course, when we reach our limits, we can literally lose control of our executive function and ability to function effectively.
Local Hypnotherapist, Liane Ulbricht-Kazan comments “what’s important is to address the thought processes surrounding the events of our lives, because in life, we know that things happen, and that’s not always something we can control”.
Our thought processes influence the stress response
Stress threatens the body’s equilibrium. It is a cause for reaction, adaptation, and change. Stress can increase incrementally over time and the threshold for stress is different for different people. The tipping point can change in response to influences from the environment, our genetics, or our behavior, or any combination thereof.
The feeling of stress is essentially an emotional echo caused by the underlying stress on your brain cells. As the imagination is taken over by a cycle of negative thinking, we may perceive things, which just wouldn’t stand up to rational interrogation, or that we cannot change anyway.
Our different perceptions, backgrounds, emotional resilience and ability to cope play a big role in how stressed we become in certain situations. As with the neurochemistry of the brain, our stress threshold is always changing, and can be viewed in terms of:
Our perception of the event – Our past experiences, thought processes and our self-esteem might dictate our perception of the situation.
Our emotional resilience – Our feelings towards the situation – i.e. the more resilient you are, the more likely you can persevere through tough situations.
How we deal with pressure – Our skills we use to deal with pressure.
Everyone is different. There might be an instance where you are doing fine and coping up well with work stress; yet one of your co-workers on your team is already stressed out. What causes stress in one person can sometimes be a source of motivation for another. Take public speaking, for example. Some people find it highly stressful to talk in front of an audience whether big or small. But other people thrive on it, and can very well when speaking in front of a crowd.
At the heart of people’s issues, are their understanding and perception of the world, and how the interact with it. If you would like help in understanding how you can learn to deal with stress, remain in control, of your thoughts, and your emotions, then perhaps Hypnotherapy would be right for you.