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What Causes Stress?

Stress is a fact of life. We can not completely get away from it, however knowing what causes stress is the first step in reducing stress.

So, here are the four main culprits of stress and some recommended stress relievers:

  1. Difficult Tasks: Having a difficult task or even just a difficult goal can cause a lot of pressure. Knowing how to accomplish a task is obviously the best solution, however it is never that easy. Typically it is better to ask for advice or help with a task to make the task more manageable and less stressful. Maybe break down a task into more manageable parts and delegate some parts that you do not know how to do, however do not forget to learn how to do it or else it could be stressful again in the future.
  2. Overload: Having too many tasks to accomplish, despite their difficulty, can be overwhelming, and especially if they have a fast approaching deadline that may not be achievable. The best solution for this problem is to delegate tasks to other people. Alternately, you could have done as much preparation work as possible in the early stages of the task to have enough time to do the task appropriately and on time. Otherwise, prioritize your tasks and accomplish the most important tasks first, even if that means other tasks will not be completed on time or at all.
  3. Conflict: Sometimes a conflict with another person or organization is inevitable. The other person or organization may even have a conflicting agenda against your own objective. When this happens, the best alternative is to typically step away from the argument so that both sides can cool off. Or to calmly talk with the person to determine the best solution for everyone. Getting upset never resolves any disagreement or conflict.
  4. Ambiguity: Confusion and uncertainty are often causes of stress. The obvious solution is to work hard at determining definitive requirements for the task at hand. Understanding a task is the first step to confidence, so try to breakdown tasks into individual steps that are specific, measurable, and accomplishable. And do not forget to ask for help when needed.
I hope this list helps you reduce your stress levels.

by Phil for Humanity
on 03/02/2009

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