10 Common Sources of Stress

Ask people why they’re stressed and they’re likely to say that it’s these infernal deadlines or too much work and too little staff, or perhaps the family’s overpacked schedules.  And while these can certainly add to a pressure-cooker atmosphere, they’re not really the greatest cause.  At fault more than anything is the tremendous internal pressure and anxiety that we create for ourselves through the following:

: Self-criticism.  Tame your inner critic, focus on your strengths and let yourself off the hook. 

2: Powerlessness.  We are powerful beyond measure.  Open your eyes and see all the choices available to you. 

3: Perfectionism.  Do your best, but let the elusive “perfect” go. 

4: Worry.  Faith and action are the best antidote to worry, especially when it comes to  situations we cannot control.

5: Unrealistic expectations.  Life will never be problem-free.  Like a great chili, it’s the blend of diverse ingredients, from spicy to soothing, that gives life its rich flavor.

6: Insecurity.  Everything we need is already inside each one of us.  Stop expecting to find it outside yourself.

7: Hurrying.  Try walking slower, chewing slower and working at a steady, not frantic, pace.  You might be surprised to find yourself performing better.

8: Other people’s opinions.  This is your unique life.   The question is whether you are meeting your own standards, not someone else’s. 

9: Pessimism.  The laws of Physics teach us that energy attracts like energy.  When we expect the best from life, we have a way of attracting it.  Even when it comes wrapped in a difficult package. 

10: Competition.  Try turning every encounter into a win-win situation rather than a win-lose one. 

 Author’s content adapted under license, © 2008 Claire Communications

About djwlifecoach

As a retired board-certified coach, author and Reiki master teacher, I continue to share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose sharing hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog and radio episodes help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. Learn more and access FREE resources at djwlifecoach.blog. For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting, golfing and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee and Maisy Jane.
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