Why We Experience Stress
The brain can only deal with a set amount of information at any given moment in time.
In our modern lives, we are bombarded with information and responsibilities, and all of this is on top of our daily routines and duties. Then we have our everyday worries and concerns, our careers, work pressures, deadlines, managing our time, paying bills, keeping in touch with people, our homes, unexpected problems that we encounter, and so on.
When our brain and/or emotions reach the point where it has too much to deal with, it cannot cope. At this point our brain will do any number of different things - every individual will react to stress in their own unique way.
- You might try to push through, tackle everything and end up getting nothing finished or make lots of mistakes along the way, further adding mental and emotional pressure.
- You might become run down and depressed and end up lethargic and feeling like you have shut down.
- You might just bury your head in the sand, as if your responsibilities don't exist.
- You might start making excuses and avoiding lots of different things.
The mind goes into the 'fight, flight or freeze' mode for survival.
Often we can have a great private life, but a work environment that is stressful - or vice versa. When one is affected to the point at which the person is beginning to suffer with stress, then it will also start affecting the other areas of life too. This creates further stress and exaggerates the original cause of stress. In turn, this creates an ever increasing problem until all areas of life are sources of stress.