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What is "self-inflicted stress"?

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/self-inflicted-stress-management

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What is "self-inflicted stress"?
Stress is an adaptation of a living organism to internal or external threats. It's a complex defense mechanism that each of us experiences in vastly different ways depending on various factors such as personality, causal factors, and circumstance.Studies show that positive emotions (happiness, comfo...

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Self-inflicted stress

Self-inflicted stress
It's the type of stress we force on ourselves through the way we manage our expectations, time, relationships and emotions. A few examples:
  • Putting pressure on yourself to excel at something within an unrealistic timespan.
  • Negative self-talk after not being able to complete something.
  • Not having enough time in the day to complete your "to-do" list.
  • An "all or nothing" attitude.

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Managing self-inflicted stress

  • Use the 60-second method: Set aside 60 seconds of pause before doing anything in relation to what is stressing you out. Don't react.
  • Manage your time in a realistic way.
  • Ask for help and accept that you might not be able to accomplish everything on your own.
  • Acknowledge that your stress is mostly self-inflicted and make changes to fix that.

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