Stress has many faces and the stressors are very multifaceted. This makes it all the more difficult to recognize where all the everyday stress is actually coming from. If you learn to recognize your stressors, you can effectively work on strategies to avoid stress.
Everyone feels stressed by different things, whether it’s unfinished work, deadline pressure or simply being overwhelmed. Just as the triggers can be very diverse, people’s approaches to dealing with this stress are also different.
Stress triggers, or stressors, are basically all external pressures or demands that cause us to react to stress. These can be harmless, like missing a bus. However, they can also be very serious when survival is at stake. Exactly what the triggers for stress are varies from person to person.
How can stress triggers be categorized?
Basically, stressors can be categorized as follows:
- physical environment
- internal stimuli
- mental stressors
- social stressors
While all triggers can lead to a stressful situation, they do not necessarily have to. No stressors automatically trigger a stress response. What is important here is how those affected react. Everyone must subjectively assess and evaluate the situation for themselves. If one feels up to the situation, there will be no stress reaction. If, on the other hand, one feels overburdened and the situation is assessed as too difficult, a stress reaction will occur.
Dealing with stressors
Humans react to all stressful situations in the same way and have done so since the dawn of mankind: attack or flight. The body is activated to mobilize energy. The body must be supplied with sufficient oxygen, we breathe faster and shallower. The heartbeat increases, the blood pressure rises. The body is now under full load.
Fortunately, our lives no longer have much in common with primitive times, when this reaction was responsible for our survival. Modern man has to deal permanently with stressors, so the body loses the ability to regulate itself. The consequences are restlessness, dissatisfaction, anger, brooding, circling thoughts and many more.
Stress prevention through the four As
Think about how you deal with stress. What does your current stress avoidance look like? A stress journal can help you identify your stressors. Unfortunately, many people try to get rid of their stress in an unhealthy way, these ways should be ruled out immediately and it is better to follow the four As.
Adapt the situation:
- Avoidance: Avoid the trigger before stress
- Change: Change the stressor
Adjust your response:
- Adapt: Adapt to the stress trigger
- Accept: Consciously accept the trigger, but under no circumstances let it get too close to you