As long as you can remember you’ve probably heard people talking about being stressed out. Then, once you experienced stress for yourself, you knew right away what everyone was complaining about! Stress is an undeniable part of life, but where does it come from? What is the origin of stress? Many people wonder about this, but can never quite pinpoint it.

Where does stress come from?

If you would ask 10 people where their stress comes from you are probably going to get answers like; their work, family, kids, and most of all finances. These stress factors  are the ones that most of us know all too well. But if you really think about it, you’ll notice that these are causes of stress but they don’t explain where the stress actually comes from or what it is. So where does stress originate? There are many different schools of thought about where stress comes from. The fact is that stress is our body’s response to the demands that we place on it. The demands may be mental, emotional, or physical in nature and when we place these demands on our body, chemicals and hormones likeCortisol and Neuropeptide Y are released into our bodies and they cause the feeling of being stressed.

Stressful Thoughts Lead to Stressful Feelings

There are those believe that stress is caused by our own minds and this is true to some extent because we can cause stress through our fears, worries, and anxiety. Most of us get into the habit of negative thinking and convince ourselves that we have to worry about things that have no reality. Have you, for example, ever convinced yourself that you aren’t good enough, smart enough, or pretty enough to do something? This negative self-talk is a major source of stress within our own minds. Unfortunately, most of us are not aware of these thoughts and we have come to accept our negative thoughts as truth, even when it’s far from it. This is why we need to begin to tame our negative, deceiptful thoughts and replace them with positive truths. Stress is an inescapable part of life so we’ll never be able to avoid it completely. What matters is, how we deal with the stress, but because we all experience stress differently there is no universal stress treatment!

Dealing with Stress

As we now know, stress is our body’s response to the pressures and demands that society and we ourselves place on us in everyday life. To reduce the negative effects of stress on the body – such as heart disease, breathing problems, reproductive problems, and stomach problems – you need to learn how to actively manage your stress. There are many simple stress coping strategies that you can employ such as: * Getting more exercise * Using positive self-talk * Getting more restful sleep * Eating a healthier diet * Knowing your work limits * Saying no when you need to * Asking for help * Creating time for fun * Using positive imagery * Employing deep breathing techniques * Listening to calming music * Clearing your life and workspace of clutter * Keeping things simple These are all effective ways to deal with the stress in your life. You need to remember however, that the goal is to pro-actively manage your stress. If you react to your stress, you’ll be spending most of your time putting out fires. It is much better to consistently implement a few of these stress management techniques. You will live a happier, healthier and more productive life!