Understanding Stress: Identifying Different Types of Life Stressors For A Healthier You

Stress might be something everyone experiences, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get help. However, before you can find the best way to relax, you need to know the source of the stress. Understanding stress and the different types is the first step to creating a healthier you. After you understand the types of stress in your life, you can move on to developing better stress management skills.

Understanding Stress

Understanding Stress: What Is Stress?

Stress is your body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. Your body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses. Stress is a normal part of life. You can experience stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts.

Types of Stress:

First of all, the two most common types of stress are acute and chronic stress. All other types of stress will fit into one of these categories like this.

  • Acute Stress
    • Personal Stress
    • Relationship Stress
    • Work Stress
    • Financial Stress
    • Time Management Stress
  • Chronic Stress
    • Personal Stress
    • Relationship Stress
    • Work Stress
    • Financial Stress
    • Time Management Stress

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Understanding Acute Stress

Acute stress is more about individual situations that will lead to you feeling stressed out, such as your relationship ending or breaking your favorite coffee mug and staining the rug. It’s a one time incident that will end.

Other examples could be a job interview or getting a speeding ticket. Most of the times you will find that acute stress is minor. However, severe acute stress can cause mental health problems — such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Understanding Chronic Stress

With chronic stress, it is something you experience on a regular basis. This might be from family, finances, or other problems in your life that tend to keep happening over and over again. These could be on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly occurrence.

Chronic stress can also be related to a simple overwhelming feeling that you can’t quite keep up with everything in your life. Feelings that are so overwhelming on a regular basis that you experience stress almost constantly would also fall into the chronic category.

Other examples of chronic stress can include:

    • Abuse of any kind, including physical, mental and emotional.
    • Disease and disorders, like chronic pain.
    • The loss of a close friend, loved one, spouse, or child
    • The loss of a job

Understanding Your Personal and Relationship Stress

A very common reason to be stressed is due to your personal life. In particular, your relationships, family, and children are common sources of personal stress. This type of stress can be acute, but is often related to chronic stress.

Chronic stress might be you wanting your kids to be safe and grow up healthy. This leads to being stressed about them almost constantly. But acute forms of stress might be going through a divorce or feeling like your personal life is not quite what you would like it to be.

Understanding Your Work and Financial Stress

Another very common area of stress in your life might be related to your job or your finances, or both. This can be from having a great job but not having enough time for anything but work. Or are you the type that brings your work home with you. On the flip side, your job can stress you out is if you simply don’t enjoy it or you don’t get along well with co-workers.

You might have financial stress which can be related to your job or not. Chronic examples would be struggling to pay your bills because you need a better job, or have to many expenses. Acute example might include not advancing enough in your career, or being faced with last-minute expenses and no clue how to take care of them.

Understanding Your Time Stress

Time management stress can be either acute or chronic as well. It depends specifically to the time you have each day to get things done. You might find that you are so busy there is rarely enough time to get things done on a daily basis. You could also have time stress related to work or financial stress.

What’s Next In Your Battle to Overcome Stress?

After understanding stress, next comes learning how to manage it. Download a free adult coloring page or read one of the articles below.