You experience stress when the level of pressure you feel exceeds your ability to cope. What is stressful to one person may not be stressful to another. People are often unaware of the causes of stress in their lives. In our fast paced world, people often think that feeling stressed and overwhelmed is just a normal part of life. Stress can have internal causes, such as expecting perfection from yourself and others, or external causes, such as overwhelming family and work demands.
Evaluating the causes of stress in your life is the first step to decreasing it; keeping a stress journal may be helpful. For example, write down:
Unhealthy reactions to stress include: