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10 Surprisingly Common Things That Trigger Chronic Stress

Do you often find yourself stressed but unable to figure out the reason? There can be things that can cause chronic stress and knowing about them can help you to control the outcome.

Mental Health By Meenakshi Chaudhary / Jul 19, 2014

Stress Triggers

Stress is a common problem, however its triggers may be different for different people. In fact, the same person may have different triggers on different days. Here are a few common things that may also act as a trigger for chronic stress. Image Courtesy: Getty


Nobody likes to be alone. Even the most reserved person feels better in the company of other people. You tend to enjoy the company, especially of those who are close to you. Feeling lonely may trigger chronic stress in any person. Image Courtesy: Getty


Although, hunger may have nothing to do with your financial or personal problems, it has a close connection with the amygdala which responds to alarm signals. It treats hunger as a problem and may trigger chronic stress in response. Image Courtesy: Getty


The feeling of guilt after doing something bad to others or yourself may also affect your stress levels. If you regret doing something or are doing something that you feel isn't right, then it may trigger repetitive stress phases in you. Image Courtesy: Getty


If you are a pessimist; your brain is regularly sending warning signals to amygdala. It may keep you stressed all the time or a new such thought may trigger chronic stress problem for you. Start seeing things differently and avoid negativity in order to avoid stress. Image Courtesy: Getty

Bad Relationships

Whenever a relationship goes bad, it affects you physically as well as emotionally. The brain treats it as a danger and triggers stress response. While a healthy relationship can help you get through the worst times, problems in relationship can cause repetitive stress. Image Courtesy: Getty



Worrying too much can make the amygdala get overactive, leading to higher risk of stress. If you have been worrying about a lot of things lately, you are more likely to trigger chronic stress. Avoid being anxious for long and concentrate on nicer thoughts. Image Courtesy: Getty



Trauma may have a negative impact on your mental health for a long time. You may not even realize the subconscious thoughts that arise from a traumatic experience. Places, scents, songs, or other sounds that remind you of a traumatic experience of the past may even trigger chronic stress. Image Courtesy: Getty


Holding grudges and keeping resentments against people may act as a trigger, which may eventually lead to a chronic stress problem. Resentful thoughts are interpreted by the amygdala as unfavorable situations that may cause harm to you. Image Courtesy: Getty


Anger can bring a flood of negative thoughts in your mind which may further trigger chronic stress. Even thoughts like someone spilling a drink on your dress or someone ruining your meeting can trigger stress. Image Courtesy: Getty


Feeling helpless can be an odd situation for your brain and the defense mechanism that usually likes to be in control whenever you are in danger. Helplessness may cause the defense mechanism to trigger chronic stress. Image Courtesy: Getty



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