Becoming aware of our stressors in life


We all experience stress at some point in our lives. However, the adverse effects of chronic stress and their impact on the quality of our lives have been extensively documented through scientific research and studies. 


Chronic stress is a prolonged psychological or physiological pressure that persists over an extended period. There are cognitive, emotional, physical, and behavioral signs of chronic stress (Sinha, Ph.D., 2022).


Some potential symptoms include pain, insomnia or sleepiness, low energy, confusion, clouded thinking, emotional withdrawal, loss of appetite or overeating, increased alcohol consumption, additions, and irritability, among others. Chronic stress symptoms can also go unnoticed until particular situations bring them to the forefront. If we do not become aware and in control of our lives, our constant responses to chronic stress can lead to poor physical and mental health. 


Becoming aware of the factors that cause chronic stress is crucial. Sensing, naming, and identifying what you feel inside is the first step to recovery (Van Der Kolk, MD, 2019). 


Here are some key points highlighting the importance of identifying and understanding the sources of chronic stress:


Self-Reflection and Personal Growth: By identifying the specific triggers of chronic stress, individuals can self-reflect and better understand themselves. This awareness allows for personal growth and the opportunity to develop strategies to manage stress effectively. It enables individuals to recognize patterns, habits, and behaviors contributing to anxiety, empowering them to make positive life changes.


Stress Reduction and Management: Awareness of stressors is the first step towards stress reduction and management. By identifying what causes chronic stress, individuals can take proactive steps to minimize or eliminate those triggers. They can implement stress management techniques tailored to their needs and circumstances, such as relaxation exercises and lifestyle adjustments. This step can lead to a significant reduction in chronic stress levels and an improved overall quality of life.


Health Promotion and Prevention: Chronic stress negatively impacts physical and mental health. By understanding the causes of stress, individuals can take preventive measures to protect their well-being. For example, suppose work-related stress is a significant factor of constant mental pressure. In that case, exploring strategies like setting boundaries, seeking support, or considering a career change is essential. By addressing chronic stress at its roots, individuals can reduce the risk of developing stress-related health problems and promote long-term health and well-being.


Relationship Enhancement: Chronic stress can strain relationships and negatively affect social interactions. By recognizing the factors contributing to stress, individuals can communicate their needs and boundaries to their loved ones, fostering healthier and more supportive relationships. Awareness of stressors can also help identify toxic or unhealthy relationships that may be causing chronic stress or C-PTSD, allowing individuals to make informed decisions about maintaining or distancing themselves from such relationships.


Improved Emotional Well-being: Chronic stress can affect our mental and emotional well-being, leading to increased anxiety, depression, and a diminished sense of happiness. By becoming aware of stress triggers, individuals can work on developing effective coping mechanisms and seeking appropriate support. This step can improve our emotional resilience, enhance our mood, and improve our overall well-being.


In summary, becoming aware of the factors that cause chronic stress is essential for personal growth, stress reduction, health promotion, and improved relationships. It empowers individuals to take control of their lives, make informed choices, and implement strategies to effectively manage stress, ultimately leading to a higher quality of life.





Sinha, R, PhD. (2022). Retrieved from 


Van Der Kolk, B, MD. (2019). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. New York, NY: Penguin Books.