The economy is another stressor. Our country is in debt and so are many Americans. Soaring gas prices,
outrageous housing costs, even the cost of food has sent many Americans to work in jobs that are unsatisfying and
tedious. They work these jobs because they need a paycheck. Today, it’s more important to bring home the bacon
rather than work in a dream career.
Having more women in the workplace adds to the stress. So many women feel the need to be everything to
everyone and that includes a paycheck earner, house keeper, mom, wife, daughter, and sibling. The only problem with
that is some women just don’t make any time for themselves thus contributing to their stress levels being at an
Even children can feel the pressure of stress and anxiety. Teenagers who want to go to college find
themselves pushing themselves during their studies to try and obtain scholarships so they can attend schools that
have ever increasing tuition costs.
They find themselves having to hold down part-time jobs on top of all that to earn money for extras that
their parents can no longer afford. Add peer pressure into the mix and you have a veritable pressure
Cell phones, internet, palm pilots, blackberries, i-pods – we are always on the go and always reachable.
We don’t make time to relax and enjoy life any more. Why not? We certainly should!
We feel pressure to do these things because we think we HAVE to, not because we WANT to. All too often,
it’s difficult for people to just say “No”. Not saying that one little word piles up un-needed expectations and
obligations that make us feel anxious.
All of us will experience situations that may cause us to become stressed or feel anxious. The reasons are
too many to note but can include, buying a property, having guests stay over (in-laws!), being bullied, exams,
looking after children, managing finances, relationship issues, traveling etc.