Daily Distress: These Are Everyday Triggers You Should Be Aware Of

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Apr. 30 2024, Published 8:10 a.m. ET

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There’s an adult understanding that stress is simply part of our daily lives. But the truth is, we don’t have to wear stress like a badge of honor. Learning where our stress actually comes from is the first step toward shedding that unnecessary weight. 

According to Forbes, it’s not abnormal for mental stress to manifest itself in physical symptoms. This impact can be felt in the form of increased anxiety that leads to stomachaches, heartburn, and back pains.

Let’s unpack a few everyday stress triggers that often hide in plain sight and may be seriously disrupting your mental and physical well-being:

1. Financial Hardship

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Unfortunately, financial worries aren’t rare. In fact, according to recent poll of more than 3,000 U.S. adults by the American Psychological Association (APA), 72% of people surveyed reported that money is a stressor in their lives. But recognizing that money stress is real is the first step to taking control of your financial future and reducing its impact on your daily life.

2. Clutter

Psychology Today reports that while clutter creates stress and inefficiency, disorganized clutter exacerbates everything.” Taking a few minutes to declutter your space doesn’t seem like a big deal, but your future self and your peace of mind will thank you for it.

Sure, it might seem harmless at first, but that stack of papers on your desk can start to weigh on you. It’s like there’s constant background noise in your mind, nagging you to tidy up, and the longer it goes on, the more that feeling of unease settles in.

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3. Coworker Distractions

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According to research,“just being in the room of a highly motivated co-worker can enhance someone’s motivation. Equally, people in a group can absorb malcontent and dissatisfaction.” So, whether it’s your coworker’s chronic case of the Monday Blues or the environment is simply toxic, those vibes have a way of catching on.

4. Technololgy

It’s the feeling of being unable to fully disconnect and recharge.Psychology Today confirms that the need to be constantly “on” has a direct connection to exhaustion and burnout. These blurry lines can leave you feeling like you’re trapped in a never-ending game of tug-of-war.

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By: Carri Helman

Carri is a recovering long-term corporate employee turned freelance copywriter. Although she earned a degree in business and spent almost 20 years in automotive manufacturing and quality engineering, she knew the 9-to-5 corporate grind wasn’t her final destination and launched her copywriting business in 2021. Carri is also a multiple myeloma care partner and advocate, working closely with global organizations and pharmaceutical companies like the International Myeloma Foundation and Pfizer. She is also the content manager and editorial director for the nonprofit Health, Hope, 𝄞 Hip-Hop, which focuses on health equity in underserved communities.

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