The 7 Biggest Causes of Stress

4   Internal Stress

Of the 7 biggest causes of stress, THIS IS THE ONE to focus on for managing your stress

Internal stress

That's because internal stress is rooted in your own beliefs, attitudes, thoughts and feelings

And these are the only things in the world over which you have any real control.

Of course even controlling yourself isn't always easy.

Internal stress, as its name suggests, occurs when the stress comes from the inside.

The cause of your stress is psychological or emotional.

Internal stress requires no external cause of stress at all, although you may sometimes imagine there is one.

Perhaps, despite yelling at you, your boss isn't mad at you at all. Maybe he had an argument with his wife.

The fact is, you can make yourself stressed over absolutely nothing!

Stress is an Internal State

We generally think of stress as being caused by something outside of ourselves. We see the stress 'trigger,' often called the stressor, as an event, circumstance or threat 'out there,' in the real world. For example, we have financial problems and the washing machine just broke down.

But the truth is, an external situation is only a potential stressor. It will not necessarily make you stressed.

Your internal state determines whether or not you experience an event as stressful. Something that you see as an exhilarating challenge and simply take in your stride, may be extremely stressful to me.

You may find public speaking a breeze, but go into a complete funk at the thought of having to prepare a meal for your friend. I may be exactly the opposite.

We cope with circumstances in our own way, more or less successfully. Depending on the nature of those circumstances, our individual stress thresholds are personal and unique.

They depend on our internal state with respect to the circumstances at hand.

Managing stress is largely about managing your internal state.

Your internal (psychological and emotional) state affects your response to all the other biggest causes of stress

That's why your internal state is such a powerful factor in managing your stress

It is this state that determines your belief in your ability to cope with a potentially stressful situation. Also, if you think your boss is mad at you, you'll find it hard to concentrate on that contract you need to finish. Obstacles will seem larger and the job more stressful than when you are calm and relaxed.

As with poor health, a 'poor mental state' will both lower your stress threshold, and make it more difficult to fight stress from another source.

That's why, of the biggest causes of stress, poor health and internal stress matter most for effective stress management.


There are many possible causes of internal stress

Almost any psychological or emotional state can produce internal stress.

Listed below are common examples of attitudes, beliefs, thoughts and emotions that can lead to some of the biggest causes of stress.

There is an infinite number of possible internal states. And we each respond uniquely to our mental world.

There are enough examples however, to give you the idea. You'll recognize something of yourself here and there. This will help you find a focus for your own stress management.

The mental states described in some examples may appear overstated or extreme. This is deliberate, to make my point quite clear. The qualities you recognize in yourself and others may be more subtle, but insights you gain from these examples should help.

You may see yourself in more than one example. That's fine. We tend to experience a mix of these internal stressors in greater or lesser degree.

It will benefit to reflect on examples that feel relevant to you. They may include your own biggest causes of stress. These can be the target of stress management techniques.

What follows are selected examples of internal (psychological and emotional) states typically among the biggest causes of stress for many people.

We worry over things we can't control

This is one of the biggest causes of stress for some people.

I'm thinking of those individuals who seem to want to be Captain of the World.

You know the type: control freaks; busybodies. They seem compelled to take on responsibility for everything, including things which are none of their business.

They just can't leave things alone. They have to be involved; always need to know what's going on.

These people sometimes appear obsessive, displaying a pervasive pattern of perfection and inflexibility. In the workplace they are pre-occupied with rules, details, lists and schedules to the extent that the main point of an activity seems overlooked. A boss like this tends to micro-manage you, wanting to be across everything you do.


But the person most frustrated is probably the Captain of the World himself. His need to know and control everything will be a millstone around his own neck. To worry over every little thing and feel you must do something about it is one of the biggest causes of stress there is.

So sad.

Actually we've all a bit of the control freak in us.

We may try to control our kids, our parents or our partner; our boss, our colleagues or our customers.

We may find ourselves feeling responsible for their behavior, and feeling we have failed when they don't meet our expectations.

The truth is, you can't be responsible for anyone's behavior but your own (except of course in appropriate circumstances as a parent, guardian or carer).

The only attitudes, thoughts and behaviors you can control are your own
- and even that's not easy!

You invite stress when you try taking on responsibility for the attitudes, thoughts and behaviors of others. You can't be responsible for what you can't control.

Some people, for example, spend a lifetime trying to change their partner in some way. But the only person you can ever change is yourself. And that can appear practically impossible!

You can advise, guide, help, care for, love, be inspiring and encouraging, but you can't force someone to change, no matter how much you may wish to. You can lead horses and people to water, but you can't make them drink.

Trying to change someone will stress you both, and in time will corrode a relationship. You wouldn't like them doing it to you. Do unto others. The golden rule.

The first rule for avoiding internal stress is: stay within your zone of control. Guide others with generous intent, but you can't do it for them. You can't be them. You'll wear yourself out trying.

Politics, we're told, is the art of the possible. So too is life. Know what's possible. My father, who is 94 years old and still very mentally and physically active, likes to say of each day's activities, "I just do what I can, when I can, if I can."

A great deal of stress is self-created by those who would try to rule their world. This is one of the biggest causes of stress.

I'm reminded of The Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

- Reinhold Niebuhr.


We can't meet our self-imposed expectations because we lack self-belief

Another of the biggest causes of stress is setting unrealistic expectations for yourself, without having the necessary capability, desire, resources or belief in yourself to meet those expectations.

We overstretch through vanity, greed, and a groping desire for gratification, stimulated by an incessant stream of advertising, and by entertainment that highlights the enviable lifestyles of the rich and famous.

We yearn and strive for what we can't achieve, then beat ourselves up for falling short. We judge ourselves harshly, finding disappointment, frustration and stress in our failure.

But did you know the main reason we get stressed when we fail to meet our personal goals is not because those goals are too challenging.

It's exactly the opposite!

In fact, we usually set goals that are way too small for ourselves, because we fear failure. We lack self-belief. We are driven to avoid disappointment, embarrassment or disapproval. Your stress comes from knowing, deep inside, that you didn't really try to do what you are really capable of doing.

Furthermore, lack of self-belief also prevents us from achieving many of the goals we do set for ourselves. You set yourself up for failure because subconsciously you don't believe in your ability to succeed.

Without faith in your ability, failure is inevitable. That's why it's one of the biggest causes of stress.

Our belief in our capabilities shapes what we can and we can't do.

Henry Ford, the American founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of mass production modern assembly lines, once said, "Whether you think you can do a thing or think you can't do it, you're right."

We believe our way into success or failure. People who say "I can't change the way I am," are usually correct.

If you genuinely want to to achieve lasting personal change, you must first believe you can. Let me illustrate the power of belief:

When I was a kid, the circus would come to town every so often. In those days, it included all sorts of performing animals. I was always fascinated with the elephants, so big and powerful, yet so tame and gentle. There was no TV then, and the city zoo was far away. An occasional Tarzan movie at the local matinee was all we kids saw of wild animals.

And the circus.

The circus tents were pitched in a large paddock. The elephants were kept over in a corner of the paddock, along with the other animals. Most of the animals were caged of course, but not the elephants. They were tethered to small stakes hammered into the ground, and could wander only as far as their ropes would allow. The amazing thing was that a tiny stake could keep a huge elephant from roaming away.

Well of course, it couldn't, really.

If an elephant gave even a small tug at his rope, he could pull that stake clear out of the ground. No effort, no problem. Such is the strength of a full grown elephant.

But it never happened.

This extraordinary fact made no impression on me as a kid.

It was many years later when I learned why no elephant never escaped from that paddock, despite the improbably puny stakes that apparently restrained them.

The reason was simple.

The elephant knew he could not escape. That is to say, he believed it was impossible to pull that stake out of the ground. This happens because of the way baby elephants are trained.

When he is just a calf, an elephant is attached with a heavy chain to a large stake driven deep into the ground. No matter how much he may strain and struggle, he will never break free. The chain is too strong, the stake is too big.

One day the young elephant just gives up. He has learned that he cannot pull free.

From then on he can be safely 'chained' with a slender rope. When he moves and feels the slightest resistance, he will stop, even though he has the strength to pull the whole circus tent down.

What are the stakes that chained you when you were young?

Perhaps they were comments you received from others,like, "You'll never amount to anything," "You should have more realistic goals" or "That's too ambitious a project for you to attempt." Such advice, perhaps provided with the kindest intentions, chips away at you like a sculptor working stone, shaping your sense of who you are, of who you can be.

Our chains are often illusions conjured up by someone else. Slender ropes. But if you truly believe a chain exists, it will cheat you from reaching your goals.

Most people never realize that the biggest obstacle to their success lies in their own minds. The baggage of limiting beliefs is the most common cause of failure.

Repeated failure to fulfill your ambitions will become one of your biggest causes of stress.


We place ourselves in situations we know will cause us stress

When it comes to stress we so often seem to place ourselves in harm's way.

With a little reflection you'll see that certain types of situations cause you stress. A few simple changes to your habits and patterns may reduce your exposure to people, places and circumstances that be among our biggest causes of stress.

People, places and circumstances? Why discuss obviously external stressors when we're dealing with internal causes of stress?

Well, remember our definition of Internal stress? Internal stress occurs when the stress comes from the inside; the cause of your stress is psychological or emotional. It is rooted in your attitudes, beliefs, thoughts and feelings. And behaviors.

Placing yourself knowingly in the pathway of predictable stress is a choice you make. It's this internal process, choosing to enter into a stressful situation, that causes your stress. Making this choice over and again can become one of your biggest causes of stress. Some examples:

Life in the the fast lane

Our modern lives are littered with environmental stress. It's best to avoid environmental stress when you can, as it can become one of our biggest causes of stress. But some people are addicted to it.

They seem to relish the hurried lifestyle we call the fast lane, or the rat race. They are the jet setters and high fliers; they complain about the pace of their lives. They fret over tense, tight timetables and their lack of personal space.

Yet it's clear they delight in the demands placed on them.

There is is a heady excitement in feeling important, worthwhile, even indispensable. It feeds the ego to be seen as a mover and shaker. Recognized as an achiever, someone to watch!

Some people are undoubtedly cut out for this life. Ambitious and driven, they thrive on challenge. They possess extraordinary talent and a high stress threshold.

I know people like this; you probably do too. They are extremely capable, quick-footed, exceptionally resourceful and effective. Winners.

We should be grateful they are there. We need them in abundance, to solve the many problems in our world. And these are the people who make, market and manage those magical gadgets and essential institutions that underpin our enjoyment of modern life.

But the truth is we're not all made that way!

Our culture has created the conviction that ruthless pursuit of power and possessions is the only pathway to 'success.'

This false belief has become one of the biggest causes of stress for a great many people. They strive to make it in life, 'playing the game' because the only alternative they see is failure.

They become trapped in their corporate, entrepreneurial and government workplaces, economic prisoners of their high-paying jobs or successful businesses. Work stress is one of the biggest causes of stress.

But the alternative to mindlessly striving for material success is not failure.

Material sufficiency and spiritual contentment are worthwhile goals, especially when earned through contributing your unique capabilities to serve the needs of others.

There is no need to 'drop out' and downsize your life, though many do find fulfillment in this.

The key lies in becoming conscious of your real needs, and of the true gifts you have to offer the world in return.

This is not an easy thing to do. It is culturally counter-intuitive. Sufficient and service have become somewhat unfashionable concepts during my lifetime.

But you can make a start now. Look hard at your life and see the ways in which you're conforming to others' ideas of what your success should look like. Reach inside. Who do you want to be? Ask yourself: Where is the stress in my life? Does it lie in what I am doing, in who I am being? Am I being one of my own biggest causes of stress?

Answers arise out of questions. In time.

Don't push the river. It flows by itself.



Our relationships can be among our biggest causes of stress. We all have Relationships from Hell.

Like a negative neighbor who always drags you down, or a tiresome colleague who captures every conversation with with his catalog of complaint.

Or perhaps you've a temperamental friend who is a drama queen, always in turmoil. Her very presence makes you tense and puts you on edge. Then there's that quarrelsome cousin who always seems to provoke aggression in you, even though you're normally perfectly poised and relaxed.

You can be quite calm, but when one of these people turns up, your stress level heads for the roof.

You know this is going to happen every time you are around one of them. Even anticipating the event causes you stress. What to do?

Some in your circle you're stuck with. You can't choose your parents or close relatives, and it's hard to disconnect from certain others, like colleagues, clients and critical suppliers.

Family conflicts are among the biggest causes of emotional stress. Problems inside the family affect both parents and children. Divorce and sibling rivalries are common examples.

There are stress management strategies for tackling relationships that are a necessary part of your life.

With discretionary relationships though, it is sometimes better just to end them. Ending friendships ("friendings") needn't be an ordeal, or hurtful. There are strategies for doing that too.

Dependency, addiction and substance abuse

To help us cope with stress, we sometimes turn to alcohol, cigarettes, coffee and other stimulants, even though we know it's bad for us! Bad for our health, and bad for our stress. In fact, for some people they are among their biggest causes of stress

Instinctively we know this to be true. We feel ourselves becoming more stressed because we're letting ourselves down.

And research backs this up. While some studies suggest that moderate drinking may lessen the body's response to stressors, others show the opposite. Alcohol increases stress by stimulating production of the same hormones that the body produces during the fight or flight response, the chemical cocktail that creates stress.

Quite apart from this physiological effect, the harmful psychological and emotional impacts of excessive drinking can increase stress. For example:

  • drinking to relieve stress can lead to dependency; the more you drink, the more of it you need next time, to feel 'relaxed'

  • too much alcohol can disrupt your sleep, leaving you tired and irritable. Hangovers make it harder to concentrate; even simple tasks become more difficult

  • alcohol can worsen feelings of anxiety and depression; just knowing you?re drinking too much can be stressful

  • excessive drinking can result in a failure to meet your obligations, another source of stress.

The fact is, addiction and substance abuse are among the biggest causes of stress for some people.

And it's not just in stimulants that we seek relief from our stress.

We get hooked on overeating - chocolate, chips, ice-cream, whatever - and go on eating binges. Or we become couch potatoes, tying ourselves to the TV in our struggle against reality.

Some people turn to gambling, risking losses and debts that will add other layers of stress.

Cigarettes don't help either. Leaving aside their other devastating health impacts, research shows that heavy smokers are more likely to develop stress, even though they may say they smoke to help them relax.

All types of dependencies are ultimately ineffective and self-defeating strategies for coping with stress, and in many cases individuals find their addictions be among their biggest causes of stress.


Emotional stress

In today's tangled and turbulent world, one of our biggest causes of stress is the trouble we have taming our negative emotions.

Examples of negative emotions include fear, anxiety, anger, resentment and grief.

At times we all feel afraid, anxious, tense, frustrated or angry. This is normal and we shouldn't think of negative emotions as 'bad.' They serve important purposes.

Negative emotions help you stay on course towards health and growth. They warn you when you're drifting away from your beliefs, values, goals, responsibilities or comfort zones. Or when your physical health or well-being are threatened.

Fear of failure, for example, motivates you to pursue your goals, while fear of the unknown prompts you to take precautions.

Negative emotions though, are potentially one of our biggest causes of stress, for two reasons:

  • their causes are often ongoing, eating away at us over long periods.

    Many of life's 'problems' are open-ended - they have no immediate satisfactory resolution. Worry can become our constant companion. We worry about our job, our finances, our health, our weight, our relationships, our kids (or our parents) and it just goes on.

    Sometimes it seems we worry for no reason at all.

    Sustained or chronic experience of negative emotions leads to stress, and to stress-related physical symptoms and psychosomatic disorders.

  • we tend to suppress negative emotions, bottling them up rather than expressing them. We deny unwanted feelings, as if they'll go away when we focus on something else. But negative emotions not outwardly expressed or dealt with effectively, turn inward. If we don't learn to deal effectively with them, they can become one of our biggest causes of stress.

Insecurity, low self-esteem and selfishness

Insecurity is a feeling of being inadequate, unworthy and unloved

It can bring a desperate sense of isolation, of not being accepted. Deep insecurity can become one of your biggest causes of stress.

An insecure person lacks confidence in his own value and capability. He suffers low self-esteem, a disproportionate need for approval from others and a lack of basic trust in himself, other people and the world.

To some extent, we all experience self-doubt and insecurity, at least occasionally.

There is a positive, healthy aspect to this: a degree of doubt opens us to consider new perspectives, permitting fresh possibilities and personal growth. We are able to respect the opinions of others, value differences and create compromises that serve needs greater than our own.

But excessive personal insecurity is paralyzing. For some, it is among their biggest causes of stress.

Deep insecurity can move us to despair, hopelessness and desperation.

Insecurity is a complex condition with many possible causes, for example:

  • a lack of love and acceptance as a child

  • controlling parents who didn't give you a chance to learn to make your own decisions or experience feeling good about yourself

  • as an adult, subjection to a controlling spouse or partner, or aging parent

  • a sense of failure: e.g. inability to get a job or make friends, reinforcing feelings of self-doubt and of being unable to control your environment, your destiny or yourself.

Insecurity isn't always obvious; we may hide it even from ourselves

Hidden insecurity is one of the biggest causes of stress.

It's the apparent opposite of insecurity, coming across as extreme self-assurance and excessive self-confidence. At its worst, we see the know-all or braggart.

Such a person isn't open to growth or learning. He is so sure of himself, he sees only the certainty of his own opinions, usually in very black-and-white terms. He is convinced of his own correctness.

But is he? This brash and bold behavior is often a mask for misgivings and self doubt concealed below the surface. It is commonly a disguise, hiding a deep insecurity not recognized even by himself.

Generally this is an unconscious psychological defense mechanism, protecting the ego from having to admit to and display the insecurity that is being felt at a subconscious level.

This reaction to insecurity is especially unhealthy. Not consciously recognized, it can't be processed, nor dealt with. Maintaining the facade of self confidence needed to protect the ego is a constant drain on the body's limited energy supply.

It is difficult to recognize hidden insecurity within ourselves. We are masters of disguise. In small ways we all use 'spin' and bravado to conceal our minor weaknesses, with no particular harm.

To fall into living a lie on a larger scale however, is to lose contact with our inner core. Many people are seduced into showy lifestyles, maintained through pretension at the cost of suppressing their true selves. To live long beyond your inner instincts and resources will produce the kind of insecurity that is one of the biggest causes of stress in our modern world.

Insecurity can lead to selfishness and egotism

Selfishness and egotism are also among the biggest causes of stress.

We are all selfish to some extent. Evolution has seen to that. We will fight for our survival, and that of our families and our larger groups.

By extension, we will seek what is best for us. More food, more security, more satisfaction. With possessions, we are better equipped against future threats to our 'survival.'

Survival includes protecting our ego, our sense of who we are. If my definition of who I am includes the idea I am successful, I must protect my house, my car, my jewelry and other symbols of 'me.'

So evolution has made us all selfish.

Commonly though, we think of a selfish person as someone who is overly selfish: selfish to the exclusion of a normal consideration for the needs and interests of others.

Selfish behavior is generally rooted in insecurity. Insecure people can develop a heightened need to protect their precarious position. If you feel insecure ('inadequate, unworthy and unloved'), there will likely be a desperate edge to your behavior as you seek attention, reassurance and recognition from others.

People may see you as having an air of self-importance, of not being mindful of the feelings of others.

In its persistent and extreme form, we call this egotism. It is a selfish concern for one?s own interests and a corresponding neglect of the needs of others.

The 7 Biggest Causes of Stress

1   poor health
2   environmental stress
3   significant life events

4   internal stress (this page)
5.1   work stress
5.2   work related stress
6   stress overload
7   burnout

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Selfish, egotistical behavior adds to the level of stress a person already feels due to insecurity.

This is because they will inevitably experience a certain amount of rejection and alienation, as people generally don't like a selfish person. This will reinforce their feelings of isolation and of being unloved.

A selfish person is more susceptible to stress because he tends to be over-sensitive to criticism, and easily offended. Selfish people often appear irresponsible and unreliable, and find it hard to win the trust of others.

Because we're all a bit selfish, we're reluctant to take on board another person's selfish demands. Their selfishness is an uncomfortable reminder of our own.

Fortunately most of us 'control' our selfish instincts adequately. But for insecure individuals unable to avoid egotism, it is likely to be one of their biggest causes of stress.


More about stress and its causes

The 7 Biggest Causes of Stress

Find out about about the the 7 biggest causes of stress. Understanding where your stress is coming from can help you deal with it.


An introduction. Many things seem to trigger stress in our modern, fast-paced world. The first step in the fight against stress is to understand the potential causes of stress in your own life.

1. poor health

Poor health is not only a major potential cause of stress; it actually reduces your ability to cope with stress, making you more vulnerable to stress from any source. This puts poor health at the top of the list of the biggest sources of stress. A lifestyle aimed at improving your health, personal growth and success is the best antidote to stress.

2. environmental stress

It's everywhere in our daily lives: noise, crowds, pollution. Environmental stresses may be individually minor, but can accumulate to form a high background stress load, diminishing your capacity for dealing with stress from other sources.

3. significant life events

Weddings, funerals, new jobs and the like rank among our biggest causes of stress. Significant life events, good and bad, are those which substantially alter the course or circumstances of our lives. The resultant stress may be due partly due to a fear of the unknown, and partly from a fear that we lack the ability to satisfactorily adapt to major changes in our lives.

4. internal stress

This occurs when the stress comes from the inside. The cause of your stress is psychological or emotional. No external stressor need be present, although you may imagine one. An understanding of how internal stress works can help you deal with stress from external sources as well.

5.1 work stress

Work stress can be caused by poorly designed jobs and working conditions, excessive work pressure, lack of control and autonomy at work, unclear job roles and responsibilities and relationship problems with co-workers.

5.2 work related stress

Closely related to work stress, this is about factors like fear of losing your job , failing career momentum, poor job satisfaction or recognition, and problems balancing work and lifestyle.

6. stress overload

This occurs when your cumulative stress load reaches a level beyond your ability to cope satisfactorily. With our busy and rushed lifestyles we sometimes face many issues simultaneously, or within a short span of time, creating an extreme total stress burden.

7. burnout

A high cumulative stress load over a long period can bring about a deep level of mental and physical exhaustion.

Ultimately this can compromise your ability to cope adequately with everyday life.

Stress is among the biggest killers of our time

Research has linked stress to the leading modern causes of death including cancer, stroke and heart disease. Long term stress can cause serious, irreversible and even fatal damage.

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If you're feeling crushed by a continuing failure to cope with distressing demands in your life, you may be suffering from learned helplessness. Learn how to recognise and deal with this condition.

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See if you identify with some of these common physical symptoms of stress or these common mental signs of stress.


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The 7 Biggest Causes of Stress


Many things can cause you to feel stressed in our modern, fast-paced world. The first step in the fight against stress is to understand the potential causes of stress in your own life.

1. poor health

Poor health is not only a major potential cause of stress; it actually reduces your ability to cope with stress, and as a result makes you more vulnerable to stress from other sources. This triple-whammy puts poor health at the top of the list of the biggest sources of stress

2. environmental stress

It's everywhere in our daily lives. Noise, crowds, pollution. Environmental stresses, although individually minor, can accumulate to form a high background stress load, diminishing your capacity for dealing with stress from other sources.

3. significant life events

Weddings, funerals, new jobs and the like rank among our biggest causes of stress. Partly due to a fear of the unknown, partly from fear that we lack ability to adequately adapt to major changes in our lives.

4. internal stress

(You are here) This occurs when the stress comes from the inside. The cause of your stress is psychological or emotional. No external stressor need be present, though you may imagine one.

5.1 work stress

This major problem can come from poorly designed jobs and working conditions, excessive work pressure, lack of control and autonomy at work, unclear job roles and responsibilities and relationship problems with co-workers.

5.2 work related stress

Closely related to work stress, this is about factors like fear of losing your job , failing career momentum, poor job satisfaction or recognition, and problems balancing work and lifestyle.

6. stress overload

This occurs when your cumulative stress load reaches a level beyond your ability to cope satisfactorily. With our busy and rushed lifestyles we sometimes face many issues simultaneously, or within a short span of time, creating an extreme total stress burden.

7. burnout

A high cumulative stress load over a long period can bring about a deep level of mental and physical exhaustion, compromising your ability to cope with everyday life.

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