What causes stress in modern life

by Alex Chris on July 16, 2012 · 5 comments

Modern life is creating stress and we all react the same way. We experience the adverse effects of stress in our body, our pulse pressure is increased and we feel the tension in our muscles. The causes of stress in modern life emerge from the many obligations we have to handle everyday to the modern way of negative thinking.

We have all experienced stress periods in our life. This is something normal. Indeed, in controlled levels stress can be constructive!

Is this a period in your life that you have many outstanding obligations; Do you worry about the future? Do you experience problems at home or at work? Do you work many hours and you are not resting enough? Do you feel trapped in situations that you cannot change? If the answer is «yes» even for a single question be careful because you may engage in the vicious cycle of stress, which weakens the immune system and is the cause of many psychological and physical disorders.

The mechanism of stress

Stress triggers a whole mechanism that gives us the ability to be physically ready to face a risk or run away. During this reaction specific hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are released thereby increasing the heartbeat, slow down digestion, increase the flow of blood in most muscle groups. Many other functions of the autonomous nervous system change giving the body more energy and strength.

When the alleged threat is subsided, the organism is designed to return to its normal state. In modern life however, stressful stimuli are continuous and stress is daily so the body cannot relax. The pressure builds up and eventually causes damage to the body.

What causes stress in modern life?

Previously people lived a less intensive live, following more closely their internal clock. In recent decades the pace of life has accelerated dramatically and most of us experience our days as an emergency situation, which requires continuous action and no rest. Since there is no time for rest and leisure, we move more and more away from ourselves and become more and more stressed. The main reasons that cause stress in modern life are the following:

Too many obligations

The chronic stress we are experiencing daily, like the stress caused by a bad marriage or a by a job that is too demanding is causing health problems. It is clear and proven than when facing chronic stress, the autonomic nervous system is affected and thus causing stress.

The stress in turns causes overwork, overwork causes exhaustion, exhaustion causes depletion, and depletion makes us collapse and also is the cause of various diseases. The first symptoms are relatively mild, chronic headaches and increased sensitivity to cold. As the stress cycle continues, health problems become increasingly serious in both physical and mental level.

An estimated 90% of doctor visits are related to stress. Most of the common diseases are associated with a chronic form of the insomniadepression, mental disorders, muscle pain, hair loss, diabetes, sexual dysfunction and cancer.

When the enemy is our self

Sometimes we sabotage ourselves by being impatient with others or causing undue tensions due to psychological pressure. Some of the more common ways that we undermine ourselves and in effect create more stress are:

Negative thoughts

Sometimes the enemy is in our head. The way we talk to ourselves although generally formed in childhood, it follows us throughout our lives and plays a significant role to all our experiences. If we are accustomed to think and speak negatively then this is a major source of stress. Fortunately, it is never too late to learn the power of positive thinking.

Poor skills to deal with conflicts

Conflicts with others are a part of life and we need to know how to properly handle them so that our relations become stronger and not a source of stress. And this does not mean that we must be aggressive towards others, or to let them treat us because we cannot say «no».

Pessimism

Pessimistic people see things worse than they are in reality and that prevents them from seeing the possible solutions and opportunities presented before them.

Too many commitments

Everyone reacts differently to stress. Some withstand pressure more and others less. The undertaking of more responsibilities than someone can handle is a source of stress.

Relaxation: the best antidote to stress!

To reduce and manage stress, we need to make sure that our body and mind do not overtake more than they can withstand. This can be achieved by following a method of relaxation. What is happening in our bodies during relaxation?

  • The type A waves of the body are synchronized.
  • It improves metabolism.
  • The brain is oxygenized better.
  • HDL (the «good» cholesterol) is increasing and LDL (the «bad») is reduced.
  • Endorphins are produced (hormones of «goodwill»).
  • Pressure falls to normal levels.

What is the best and easiest way to relax?

1. Sit in a comfortable chair, close your eyes and take some deep breathing and calm. Every time you inhale feel how beautiful it is to really relax.

2. Gradually relax the muscles throughout the body, starting with the face and ending with your feet fingers. Each time concentrate in one area of the body.

3. Talk to your self and be convinced that when you count to five and open your eyes, you will be completely awake and feel better than before.

4. Count slowly to five and open your eyes.

What causes stress in modern life by

Alex Chris
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Jake July 16, 2012

I completely agree with the causes of stress for modern life. sounds far too familiar but also good to see it organized on this site to better understand. :)

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Ariana July 16, 2012

the stresses in modern day life are overwhelming! sometimes I just want to throw my blackberry in the toilet :) Thanks for the post

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terry September 27, 2012

exercise instead of sitting down. it will help much more

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fran April 10, 2013

I just came across this – have been looking at articles online into stress and have found ones such as this and ‘calculators’ that add up values given to certain events in your life to see how stressed you are. I score very low on these tests which is interesting as I am actually VERY stressed! What doesn’t get included in this article or any of those tests is constant grinding poverty, worrying every time the post comes through the door, having to deal constantly with irrational unreasonable bureaucracies, worrying for your kids present and futures. Being excluded. I think this ranks pretty highly on living a stressful life and many people experience this so I just wanted to put this out there to acknowledge this for others like me who might come looking……

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Curt Remington August 9, 2013

This article does a wonderful job of delving into the sources of stress in our modern life. I also agree that relaxation is a step in the right direction, however meditation can go even further in improving the way we think and feel. Meditation can be as simple as listening to waves roll into shore, and it can be a powerful source of healing. Thanks for a great post.

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