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Some stressors

A stressor is an event or situation that causes stress.  Just about anything can be a stressor as long as it is perceived as a danger.  (Remember:  Stress is a response to danger.  No danger...No stress!). 

Below are some events or situations that can cause stress. 

Physical Environment   Social/relational
  • bright lights
  • noise
  • discomfort due to excessive heat
  • discomfort due to excessive cold
  • weather
  • traffic
  • rudeness or aggression in others
  • conflict with others
  • not spending enough time with important people
  • lack of social support
  • loneliness
Financial Organizational
  • taxes
  • unpaid bills
  • unplanned expenses
  • the pressure of "making ends meet"
  • overly restrictive rules or regulations
  • school or work deadlines
  • pressure to pass a course or get a good grade
  • aggressive or high-pressure work culture
Life events Lifestyle choices
  • death of a loved one
  • losing a job
  • illness
  • starting university
  • work promotion
  • birth of a child
  • marriage
  • winning the lottery
  • not enough sleep
  • too much caffeine
  • too much alcohol
  • drug consumption
  • poor time management
  • poor diet
  • poor health
  • physical illness
  • pregnancy
  • injury
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