A lot of people behave in ways that are out of character. They know they don’t usually act out in the way that they’re doing but they just can’t help it. They have exaggerated emotional responses to situations and they find it hard to even show interest in the things they usually find fun. A lot of us have found ourselves in this situation or have ever come across someone that is in this situation.
People get stressed due to pressure that others put on them or the expectations they have for themselves that makes them anxious. Most times, if someone is stressed at work, he/she won’t act out at work but will take it out on someone they’re vulnerable with. This is because being vulnerable helps to ease pressure.
Stress is our built-in response to danger. Stress is a feeling that people have when they are struggling to cope with challenges related to finances, work, relationships, environment, and other situations. The intensity of stress people deal with depends on how much pressure they’re under per time. The more the pressure or frustration they’re dealing with builds, the more stressed they become. Everybody deals with stress differently. Some people throw tantrums when stressed while others take some time to themselves.
You cannot eliminate stress from your life. You can only learn to manage it. Life comes with multiple responsibilities at different stages of our lives and with responsibility comes the expectation to handle them. Those expectations either internally or externally builds up pressure within us, and then we become stressed.
Short bursts of stress can be beneficial and serve as motivation to get certain things done and that is known as acute stress. Long-term stress can be dangerous to our mental health if not managed and that is known as chronic stress.
The world has become so complicated and if you don’t know how to manage stress, you will eventually break down. There are different types of stress that will be explained here.
1) Academic stress: A lot of parents tend to downplay this type of stress. A lot of students are under the pressure to have exceptionally brilliant academic results. Sometimes, these students work hard at school not out of passion but out of the fear of disappointing their parents and that is a wrong and stressful motivation for academic success. Some others have failed at school before and are scared of failing again and that causes anxiety.
2) Emotional and psychological stress: Certain past or present traumatic events can mess with a person’s emotions and eventually start to affect their mind if not properly handled. The long-term effect of these stressors can lead to psychological disorders.
3) Financial stress: This is one of the leading causes of stress in adults especially young adults. The struggle to make ends meet can put a person under so much pressure and this can affect their relationships and attitude. It’s not easy to make money but money is one of the necessities of life.
4) Career and workplace stress: Not all bosses are nice and not all colleagues are sensible but workplace etiquette has to be maintained so you don’t lose your job over a fight or an angry statement. Demands at the workplace can put a person under a lot of pressure and that leads to stress.
5) Social stress: This type of stress is usually faced by public figures. The struggle to maintain a good reputation even in the face of social media backlash and societal expectations causes stress. People who compete a lot with others, compare themselves to others, and are too bothered about what others think of them also put themselves under this type of stress.
6) Relationship stress: Every relationship is faced with challenges from time to time. When those challenges are not handled properly, stress surfaces. Being in a relationship with the wrong person is stressful.
7) Parental stress: Many parents have invested so much into the lives of their children and hope that those investments will yield great fruits. Whenever it seems like the opposite is happening, parents get anxious. Parents want the best for their children and that makes them to make certain decisions for their children that they feel will achieve that goal. Whenever their children either disagree with those decisions or go against them either intentionally or unintentionally, parents get alarmed and stressed. This stress makes them to react in ways that can either be constructive or destructive to the child.
What type of stress are you dealing with? Everyone is either struggling with either one or more of these types or have learned to manage them effectively.